Originally created 03/02/05

Bachelorette turns down marriage proposals



NEW YORK - "Bachelorette" Jen Schefft received two marriage proposals on the ABC dating show's finale, but accepted neither.

Schefft wavered between Jerry Ferris and John Paul Merritt until the very end. Both suitors popped the question, but Schefft denied Merritt and asked Ferris to wait so that she could be sure.

In a live show following Monday night's episode (which was taped nearly three months ago), Ferris again brought out a wedding ring, but Schefft told him, "I think that we both came to the realization that we were better as friends."

After a shocked crowd gasped, Ferris relented, telling Schefft: "I love you for that."

Earlier, Schefft, 28, told Merritt that "something is just not there." Merritt took the news well, but blew off some steam afterward, saying he felt "betrayed and fooled."

Schefft previously appeared on "The Bachelor." Andrew Firestone proposed on the season finale, but the couple broke up.

A new season of "The Bachelor" with Charlie O'Connell (brother to Jerry) premieres March 28 on ABC.

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