Ali Fedotowsky to Star as The Next Bachelorette

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Last night after The Bachelor finale, this season's Ali Fedotowsky was announced as the next star of The Bachelorette on the "After the Final Rose" filler reunion special.

Ali became a fan favorite on The Bachelor and even made Jake's topĀ  four, but left of her own volition following their successful "hometown date" in Williamstown, Mass.

She said she was worried about getting fired from her job and left. Then just a week later, she asked to return but Jake Pavelka wasn't having it. She was heartbroken.

Looks like Ali Fedotowsky got over it, though, as she ultimately quit for an even better reality TV role. Perhaps she coveted or was offered The Bachelorette all along ...

Ali Fedotowsky Picture

As The Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky gets a second chance at staged TV love.

"I'm flattered and I really feel great," she told Chris Harrison. "I am so thrilled and honored and grateful. I can't believe it. I'm not going to let fear dictate my life anymore."

Because it was fear, not ABC producers, who dictated her decision-making. Whatever you say, Ali. Not that we have a problem with the casting, we think she'll be awesome.

After all, the 25-year-old is cute, successful and charming. Tenley Molzahn also would have been a good choice after Jake somehow chose Vienna Girardi last night, but alas.

What do you think? Are you excited for Ali to get her own crack at calling the rose distributing shots? Or do you think the long-running "reality" franchise needs new blood?

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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