Bachelorette Jillian Harris and fiancé Ed Swiderski split: Let's play matchmaker for the franchise's singletons!

the-bachelorette-finaleImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABCIn the wake of the Jake and  Vienna’s recent split, a.k.a., THE MOST DRAMATIC BACHELOR BREAK-UP EVER, the news of Jillian Harris and fiancé Ed Swiderski’s reported break-up (confirmed today by People.com) seems, well, boring. Timing is everything, I guess. Had we not just endured the he said/she said fame-whoring drama of Monday’s volatile Jakenna (Vieake?) breakup special on Monday (and all its related tabloid fallout), we may have given a damn about poor old Canadian Bachelorette Jillian and Ed’s relationship, which seemed doomed from the beginning when cheating allegations came out against Ed the second they announced their engagement. But at this point, I give it a “meh.” With that said, though, we wish Jillian well — and both parties good luck on the second season of Bachelor Pad!

In fact, in the spirit of celebrating a second chance at love (or its close cousin lust), I asked fellow EW Bachelor fans to weigh in on what future pairings of former franchise contestants they’d like to see. (Personally, I’d play matchmaker for heartbroken Vienna and her former rival Ali’s recent controversial castoff Justin “Rated R” Rego.) Here’s what my colleagues had to say:

Kristen Baldwin: “Two words: BREAK. DANCER. Now Jillian can reunite with Stagliano and double date with Deanna, who’s dating Stagliano’s brother!”

Slezak: “There might be one woman left in the world willing to let Jake Pavelka put a ring on it: Allie G., the cray-cray chick from Travis Stork’s season who declared on Night One that her eggs were ‘rotting.’ (Sorry for that reminder.) But in all ‘seriousness,’ how about pairing up puppy-eyed bartender Robby (from Jillian’s season) with hard-drinking Krisily, who famously encouraged Charlie O’Connell to drink a shot from her navel – in episode 1?

Jennifer Armstrong: “Tenley and Kasey. She can dance the dance in her heart while he guards and protects it.”

Mandi Bierly: “I’m trying to think of two people I actually like (cause I’m like that) and I can’t. I was gonna say Tenley and Kiptyn, just because I think he’d rock her world a lot harder than Jake.”

Not a bad start, but I bet you guys can take this a step further. Start the matchmaking process in the comments below! C’mon now…the heart’s journey to love (and a wedding sponsored by ABC) begins with you!


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  • Kaci

    Jake and his hand.

    • Anonymous

      You devil.

    • Missy

      I almost spit out my wine!

    • DiMi

      Jake and Kyptin since I think they’re both closeted gay men.

  • Madd

    Since Ali apparently doesn’t pick Kirk, Jillian should so go for him. I would, but I’m married.
    Also, literally twenty minutes before I saw that they had broken up I thought “If Jillian and Ed also break up, Bachelor producers should really change the show’s format…like maybe not forcing them to propose at the end.”

  • RK

    What, no interview?

  • Lynn

    Jillian and Reid!

    • Ambient Lite

      YESSSSS!

    • Bruce Fan

      My thoughts exactly!

    • Lisa

      Isn’t Reid dating a beauty queen or something? Like a former Miss USA or something??

    • Missy

      Loved Reid too

    • jasa

      Ali and Reid!!!!!

    • Amy Leigh

      Aww, Reid. They would’ve been so cute together.

      • Mary

        Reid and Jillian or Ali!! Perfect!

  • sbwm

    Oh yes the Break Dancer – loved him.

  • Cat

    Break dancer is dating Holly from Matt Grant’s season

  • Laura

    I think Vienna should be the next bachlorette since she got a raw deal from Jake. He is mean and he showed his true colors on primetime network. You should be more picky in picking these guys. Anyhow, Vienna needs a chance to find the right guy, she was robbed with this awful person. ..

    • SLB

      Gross! We don’t need to see anymore of this sk*nk ever! She was robbed? Please. She’s as big an idiot as he is. She’s just a worse actor.

    • TT44

      No one wants to watch her on her own show. Yes, she got royally screwed, but she was/is not enough of a fan favorite to warrant her own show.

    • Tamara

      Jake is not a mean person, anyone would say stop interupting me I do it all the time, she is a slut, she cheated on him one of her friends said so. Read the people magazine

    • BC Girl

      Noooo! Vienna, uh, I mean Laura, you’ve got to be kidding! Please let her crawl back to the rock she came from. If I were Jake and had to live with that, I would have jumped off a bridge by now. Come on, who’s the real victim here?

    • Bernadette

      I agree. It’s amazing how gullable people are. As long as there are negative headline (that are lie), then that is what people love to believe. Vienna had a raw deal from the beginning. Jake is discusting.

    • LAM

      EW, Vienna is a disrespectful , spoiled, immature, bitch. Jake just picked her because of the publicity and controversy! Neither is worthy of happiness.

  • Amy

    I think Ed and Jillian were really smart to time the break up announcement now. As you said, no one is truly inclined to care or get more details as to why. I kind of like the idea of Jillian and Jesse (Deanna’s former fiancee). I bet they’d have a lot of fun together. I’d say Ed’s problem is not going to be finding 1 woman but keeping it to 1 woman.

  • Anonymous

    Jake, think outside the box. Lilo would keep you in the spotlight.

  • Laura

    I’m happy for Jillian to move on with her life. She seemed as genuine as Trista. I hope she meets someone in her new job that shares the same passion and heart for what she’ll be doing.

  • stevenjaba

    Reid Rosenthal and any of the more genuine, less skanky gals – Tenley comes to mind.

  • citizenjournalistreview

    My first rule of dating back when I was young and foolish, was ‘don’t date the drop dead gorgeous guy’. They’re just arm candy occasionally and until they’ve proven their faithfulness, assume otherwise. That goes for the male and female drop dead gorgeous ones as I told my son.

  • Amy

    Jillian Harris is a fake & Fraud Ed has been seeing my sisters BF off & On for about a year now. Jillian has a pug dog nose an 3 gins has no public speaking skills an is a drama queen. She is not even a ” Designer ” Kick Rocks Harris And Get Out Of Chicago.

    • Mary Ellen

      Not nice Amy! If you don’t have anything nice to say, it’s better not to say anything. Even had has said that people out there should remember that they are human beings when they hurl out mean things at them. I have seen her work and she is a talented designer. Your sister’s BF better watch out with Ed…once a cheater always a cheater! Jillian is better off without him and we can’t hardly wait until she’s back in Canada permanently.

  • jdinan8271

    Ty and Tinley

  • Mel

    I think Tenley and Kiptyn would be a good match. Here’s a question… which of this season of the The Bachelorette’s guys do you guys think would be the best next Bachelor?

    • rey

      Chris. He’s really hot and a real guy’s guy which would be a change after Jake and Jason.

    • Mary Ellen

      If what has been said all over the ‘net is true, then I would like Roberto to be the next bachelor.

    • Mary

      Someone who is straight, this time.

    • Gloria

      Best man to be the next bachelor is Chris Lambton

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