Jillian Harris: The Bachelorette!

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Nearly lost in the shuffle after The Bachelor controversy surrounding Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney was this awesome news: Jillian Harris - who finished in third place - will be the star of The Bachelorette!

"I am so excited," said Harris, 29, an interior designer from Canada, jokingly thanking Jason for giving her the chance to have 25 men compete for her.

"It's a very unorthodox way to find love, but we are living in a world where people are doing things differently," Jillian said. "It's a great opportunity."

"Seeing what Jason went through makes you realize there's no guarantees in life," Jillian Harris added. "I hope I make the right choice the first time."

The Bachelor: Jillian

Jillian also made one promise about the new season, referencing her hot scenes with Jason: "I don't need my dad to see any more hot tub scenes."

As The Bachelorette star, Jillian follows DeAnna Pappas, who of course rejected Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor finale after being left at the altar by Brad Womack on the previous Bachelor finale. This show rules.

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison said that Harris has "really captured America's heart and the groundswell of support for her to become the new Bachelorette was overwhelming."

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