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Melissa Rycroft Excited by 'Bachelor Pad' Hosting

June 9, 2010 (6:29 am) GMT
The former contestant of 'The Bachelor' will co-host the new dating show franchise with Chris Harrison.

Ever since being humiliated on national television by "" Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft has been nothing but successful. Scoring a slot on "" immediately after the show's season finale and a correspondent job on ET as well as "Good Morning America", the reject is now made a co-host of "".

The 27-year-old will share duties with "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison on the show's spin-off. "I'm excited. It's fun. It's a brand new experience for me. I've never been on that side but I'm anxious. I'm excited and ready to start," she told People.

"Bachelor Pad" will premiere on ABC on August 9 at 8/7c. It will feature previous contestants of "Bachelor" and "" living under one roof. The network has not released the identities of the contestants but promised that they are "some of the most unforgettable contestants and suitors." There will be a series of challenges with the prize of $250,000 and a chance to fall in love.

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