NEW YORK — Andi Dorfman dropped out of the competition last season on “The Bachelor,” saying Juan Pablo Galavis seemed too self-centered and disrespectful. That earned her support from viewers, and ultimately the spot of ABC’s newest “Bachelorette.”

As her season on “The Bachelorette” was set to kick off Monday night, Dorfman, 27, says she’s “definitely glad” she’s on the show, but the process is difficult and makes her understand what Galavis went through.

“I finally was able (to) kind of put myself in his shoes, and you know it’s not as easy as it seems,” she said in a recent interview. “It’s tough to feel responsible for 25 guys and know what they have done to get to where they are and … be respectful of that. … It’s very hard to hurt people, especially when they’re great, genuine guys.”

She says viewers who may be cynical should know there’s more to the dates than what is aired.

“These dates that you might see last 10 minutes are sometimes actually lasting 10 hours, and … you really, really get to know these people. … The guys this season were so open and honest and … I think that allows for that love to happen.”