Ashley cast-off (and Jennifer Love Hewitt crush) Ben “Silent J” Flajnik is the next Bachelor

By Lori Acken

Ok, I admit it. I was, at best, a sporadic viewer of Ashley Hebert’s Bachelorette season. For the same reason that I was really fine with whatsisname down there in Austin — the one who jilted Ashley and his chosen Emily — going right back to being the most eye-roll-inducing Bachelor this side a’ Jake.

Some people are so flaky that you don’t much care if they find true love or momentary love or whatever … or don’t care to be a part of it, at any rate.

Perhaps sensing this, ABC has plucked Ben Flajnik, the much-loved sappy puppy from the grips of Ashley’s stunning rejection and returned him to the soft nest of adoration that is The Bachelor. No one-chick-20-alpha-males this time, Benny. Just you and a bevy of wanna-be-beloveds to choose from.

(No word if summer smooching partner Jennifer Love Hewitt will be among the competition.)

The 28-year-old bachelor businessman’s quest for love will premiere on ABC January 2012.

Photo credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin

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