The Word: Emily Maynard is the chosen ‘Bachelorette’

Emily Maynard will try to find love on national television — for a second time — as the new “Bachelorette.”
Craig Sjodin

Here’s the thing about “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”: If you want to put yourself in a ridiculous situation by vying for the “love” of some stranger while a group of other similarly dressed people do the same on national TV, that’s fine. You are a (semi-) rational adult and that’s your weird bag. However, it’s when kids are involved that I get the heebie-jeebies.

It was announced yesterday that Emily Maynard, the 25-year-old single mom who was the chosen one on “The Bachelor” with Brad Womack, but then broke up with him shortly thereafter, will now be the star of the eighth season of “The Bachelorette.” Although there is no word on what kind of role Maynard’s 6-year-old daughter will play in the series, the ABC press releases are quick to point out that Maynard is the first single mom to star in the series. Maynard’s little girl also appeared on “The Bachelor.”

Look. It’s great that single moms can be on “The Bachelorette.” In fact, the series needs to broaden their casting net — more single moms! More single dads! How about single granddads?! Heck, what about a contestant who isn’t white? But isn’t it confusing enough for little children when their parents date multiple people/make out half-dressed in hot tubs without being on network TV? Here’s hoping ABC won’t showboat the little girl for ratings, like they did with single dad Jason Mesnick’s 4-year-old son Ty on “The Bachelor.”

Let’s leave that poor parenting to “Teen Mom,” shall we?

Jolie gets (even more) frosty

Awards season is apparently getting awkward, as Angelina Jolie hasn’t warmed to George Clooney’s new girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, according to Us Weekly. Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly shared a private jet with Clooney and Keibler to the Palm Springs Film Festival, and sources say the plane couldn’t get there fast enough.

“Angelina refused to acknowledge that Stacy was even on the plane,” a source says. “Angelina went out of her way to ignore her, from takeoff to landing. She would not even look Stacy’s way. She was not having it.”

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