By Michael Ausiello
Updated December 18, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST
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Ugly Betty has cast a new love interest for America Ferrera, and he’s cute in an unconventional way, smart and career conscious, and friendly yet socially awkward.

OMG, Henry’s coming back!

Kind of.

Actually, no he’s not.

Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that Daniel Eric Gold (Charlie Wilson’s War) has been cast in the recurring role of Matt, a seemingly Henry-esque hottie with whom Betty meets at YETI (Young Editors’ Training Initiative).

I’m told Betty producers have big plans for Betty and Matt. The kind of big plans that led them to include a series regular option in Gold’s just-inked contract.

The burning question: What does this mean for Betty’s current crush, Jesse? I’m guessing it means he bought himself a one-way ticket to the doghouse when he decided to suck face with Amanda. Having said that, I have no confirmation that Val Emmich’s Betty stint has come to an end.

And not to OD on the Henry/Matt parallels, but the new guy shares something else in common with Christopher Gorham’s much-missed alter ego: he’s keeping a secret. A secret that could impact Betty’s life in a significant way.

What do you think he’s hiding? Are you happy a new long-term romance is on the horizon for Betty — regardless of the whole secret thing? Do you wish they’d just bring back Henry instead? Or Gio? Sound off below!

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