Why Andi Dorfman Thinks ABC Should Only Have 'The Bachelorette' (Exclusive)
By Jennifer Drysdale
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The Bachelor doesn't exactly have a huge success rate -- but Andi Dorfman has a solution.
ET's Lauren Zima sat down with the former Bachelorette in New York City last week, where she opened up about her new book, Single State of Mind, and revealed the piece of advice she has for the Bachelor franchise if they want to create lasting couples.
"Just do all Bachelorettes from now on," Dorfman candidly shared with a laugh, "because other than myself, The Bachelorette seems to have a way better track record."
The 30-year-old author has a point. While Dorfman broke up with her final pick, Josh Murray, less than a year after he proposed on season 10 of The Bachelorette in 2014, six out of 13 Bachelorettes are still with their final choice. By comparison, just one Bachelor couple, Sean and Catherine Lowe (two, if you count Jason and Molly Mesnick) have made it down the aisle.
"I think the women maybe take their time more...I think women are just better pickers, except for myself," Dorfman explained. "In the future, I hope to not pick any more wrong ones."
Murray may have been the "wrong one" -- but after calling him out in her last book, It's Not Okay, Dorfman said there's not much left to tell. In fact, she says if she ran into him tomorrow, she'd say "nothing." She has, however, spoken with Murray's other famous ex, Amanda Stanton.
"I've shared a couple drinks with Amanda and some of the other girls like Lauren Bushnell here in New York City," she revealed, but noted they didn't discuss "much about the details." "I don't think anyone wants to revisit a bad relationship. We'll laugh, 'OK, we were engaged to the same guy,' and then it's like, moving on."
"It's the same way Kaitlyn Bristowe and I joke about, 'Wow, we both had Nick [Viall] on our season. Like, Nick met both of our parents.' We laugh about that kind of stuff, but I try not to focus on those negative relationships," she continued, adding that she has no desire to get back with Viall now that's he's single. "I think we're all happy with the relationships that didn't work out and happy to move on."
Right now, Dorfman is "kind of" single -- she was quick to shoot down rumors she's dating Chris Harrison -- but opens up about all her single girl adventures in Single State of Mind.
"There's a lot of funny stories, most of the embarrassment falls on myself," she described of the book, which includes anecdotes about several exes, and may be turned into a TV show. "It gives this level of relatability. I think if you are going to write a book, you have to go for it."
As for whether we'll see Dofrman herself on TV again, she shared that she was almost a part of Winter Games, but didn't want to "taint the image I have of Bachelor and Bachelorette."
"I kind of feel like I left on a high note, even though my relationship did not work out," she said. "I still have great feelings and memories about the show."
For now, Dorfman is tuning into this season of The Bachelor, revealing that so far, she thinks Arie Luyendyk Jr. is doing a good job.
"I usually say two things. I say, 'Prepare yourself to be exhausted, both mentally, emotionally and physically because there are long, long days ahead of you,' but also I tell them that it's going to be a lot harder to break up with people than you think," she shared of the advice she gives franchise leads. "On TV, it looks like you're just not calling somebody's name and so they don't get a rose and it's over, but when you're standing 10 feet away from someone and, like, looking them in the eye and basically dumping them by not calling their name, it's pretty hard."
"I'm liking Arie and the sensitivity and the maturity that he's bringing," she added.
Dorfman's new book, Single State of Mind, is available in bookstores and online now.