'Bachelor' Castoff Hears the Harsh Truth from Ellen DeGeneres

Last week, Ali Fedotowsky, a contestant on ABC's The Bachelor, had to drop out of the competition to return to work. (She's an online sales operations account manager at Facebook.) And with the economy the way it is, who could blame her for choosing a paycheck over the hunky (but, let's face it, sort of dull) Jake Pavelka? Still, as Ellen DeGeneres told Ali today, during her visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "You ruined it."

No doubt a lot of Bachelor viewers felt this way when Ali, an overwhelming fan favorite, bowed out of the contest. Sunny and cute, Ali was widely considered a worthy mate for Jake. True, it was Ali who seemed to spearhead the hostility in the house toward fellow blond contestant, Vienna. But as a rule, viewers have embraced Ali -- and rejected Vienna.

Ironically, Ali's departure left Vienna as a front-runner in the contest for Jake's heart. Ali's sad attempt to return (during last night's episode) was too little, too late. Even Jake figured that out, and told her so.

Personally, I feel nothing but sadness for the contestants who make it to the final three or four. At this point in the season, the Bachelor and each of the remaining women start disrobing and turning up the heat. It was disturbing to watch last night's episode, with Jake going from a makeout session in a bathtub with Gia, then over to a make-out session on a bed with Tenley, followed by a shot of a lingerie-clad Vienna closing the door to their bedroom. (Wink, wink. Nod, nod.) Imagine being any one of them and having to watch that episode later. Ick. But that's all beside the point. The point is, Ali left us in the clutch.

On Ellen, Ali explained the snafu with her work situation. "I was given leave of absence papers, and I didn't read them," she said, "It said you can't take a leave of absence unless you've been at the company for a year, and I hadn't." In fact, she'd only been at Facebook a few months before The Bachelor started filming. But, she told DeGeneres, she'd learned from her mistake. "Sure," said DeGeneres. "Read things."

Then DeGeneres got to the crux of the issue. "Would you want to be the next Bachelorette?" she asked. "That would be so nice," Ali replied. "I would be so flattered." So there you have it.

A job at Facebook is nice, but being the next Bachelorette would be a lot more lucrative. Let's just hope that Ali's rumored new boyfriend won't mind.

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