Recycled Bachelor Brad Womack apparently has daddy issues which is why he was a commitment phobe and possibly didn’t pick anyone during his first stint as The Bachelor in 2007. But host Chris Harrison says he’s since been to therapy and is now better equipped to deal with long-term commitment. You know what? I don’t care if the guy has been in 24/7 counseling for the last three years — he’s still the wrong guy to bring back as The Bachelor. He wasn’t even that entertaining the first time around! Is ABC’s casting crew that lazy that they can’t dig up new blood? (I think it’d be funny to have the exact same bachelorettes from 2007 emerge from the limo to greet him.)
Although I’m not a fan of Womack, it seems Harrison is. Womack “has been going to therapy, been doing a lot of soul-searching,” Harrison said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show today. “[He’s like], ‘I’m a different guy, I want to come back and prove I believe in this process. I want to prove to everyone I’m a different man. I can and want to do this.'”
Womack realized “he was a commitment-phobe,” Harrison said.
Womack’s fear of relationships originates from issues with his father, which the audience will have the pleasure of learning about next season, Harrison said.
“He feels like he has dealt with his issues about his dad,” Harrison said.
And why is ABC going to make us endure another season starring Brad Womack? “We really like Brad,” Harrison said. “As much as the audience was angry with him, we’ve stayed in touch with him.”
Then invite him to dinner if you like him so much — Don’t make him The Bachelor again! And here’s a question: if they are going to continue to regurgitate rejected contestants and past Bachelors, why does ABC repeatedly display that 800 number pleading viewers to call if they know someone who should be the next Bachelor or Bachelorette? Why bother when ABC just picks from the crop they already know?
The next season premieres January 5 — will you watch?