I’m experiencing something new with this season of The Bachelorette: For the first time, neither of the final two men annoy me, and I like one of them — Chris L. — so much, I’m sort of hoping he doesn’t get picked. I know I’m not alone, which is why Bachelor producers would be smart to ask him to be the next Bachelor if Ali chooses Roberto instead. But here’s the thing: Do we actually trust Mike Fleiss to set Chris up with 25 sane women worthy of him? No. He’s got a TV show to make. The minute 33-year-old Chris decides to keep a 21-year-old who bites through a can or reads bad poetry to make a good first impression, it’s over. To quote Duckie from Pretty in Pink (because why wouldn’t I when talking about matters of the heart?): “I’m not particularly concerned with whether or not you like me, because I live to like you and… and… and I can’t like you anymore.” (Clarification: I do not actually live to like him, but genuinely liking someone who has appeared on this show is validation for watching it all these years.)
Should Chris L. be the next Bachelor? Let’s take it to a vote below.