March 16, 2011

This time, Maine's Ashley Hebert gets her pick of suitors as 'Bachelorette'

The Madawaska native recovers nicely from her loss on 'The Bachelor' with a gig as the star of the show's female version.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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Ashley Hebert, a dental student, is scheduled to graduate in May.

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Ashley Hebert couldn’t admit she was in love with Brad Womack on “The Bachelor,” but that’s all in the past. She’ll get a second chance to find love when she stars in “The Bachelorette,” which debuts May 23.

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In October, Womack and Hebert filmed an episode in Madawaska, where Womack met Hebert's mother and stepfather and other family members. He was given a tour of the paper mill town on the Canadian border, where Hebert grew up. Her mother and stepfather both work at the mill.

Lavoie and Corns said Tuesday that Womack made a great impression on their family and came across as a "true Southern gentleman."

Lavoie said she was nervous at first to have TV crews in her home, but once filming started, she forgot all about them.

"We didn't even see the cameras, we were so into Brad and Ashley," Lavoie said.

Hebert said during the conference call March 3 that she realized – only later – that she did fall in love with Womack, but couldn't bring herself to tell him. Now she'll get lots of chances to tell someone she loves them – in front of TV cameras.

"The Bachelorette" will begin its weekly run on ABC at 9 p.m. May 23.

Publicists for ABC said Tuesday that Hebert was not available to talk to the media. They would not yet reveal details of the upcoming show, including when and where it will be filmed, or how many bachelors Hebert will choose from. They also declined to say whether Hebert will be paid.

Various publications and online outlets have reported in the past that "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" stars do get paid, with estimates ranging from about $70,000 to $500,000.

After the May 23 premiere, "The Bachelorette" will air on Mondays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


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