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Reports: Emily Maynard Chosen to Be the Next 'Bachelorette'

January 19, 2012 (2:26 am) GMT
Words are, the production of the show's upcoming season will be moved to Maynard's hometown of Charlotte, N.C. so that the former fiancee of Brad Womack doesn't have to be far away from her daughter.
Reports: Emily Maynard Chosen to Be the Next 'Bachelorette'

Rumors about 's participation in the next season of "" are getting stronger. Sources say the mother of one, whose engagement to Brad Womack ended last summer, has agreed to star in the upcoming installment of "" spin-off.

Maynard was initially reluctant to appear on "Bachelorette" because she does not want to be away from her daughter Ricki. However, a source tells People that ABC has found a way to accommodate it by moving the production to her hometown of Charlotte, N.C.

At least one man has reportedly shown interest to compete for Maynard's heart. Bentley Williams, who left Ashley Hebert's heart broken after voluntarily quitting "Bachelorette" last season, is said to be thrilled to date the 25-year-old Southern single mom.

ABC has not commented on Maynard's casting. Meanwhile, "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" host Chris Harrison played coy when asked about the news. "I'm hearing the same rumors, if those rumors are true I will be over the moon excited. If they are true, I don't know if they're true, but I've heard the same thing and man, I hope it's true," he told E! Online.

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