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NEW YORK, July 4, (AP): When Courtney Robertson appeared on ABC's dating competition series "The Bachelor" in 2012, she was quickly elevated to villain status.

Many viewers -- and her fellow contestants -- believed the 30-year-old model was catty, mean to the other women and couldn't be trusted. Her comments on the show were put to auto-tune and went viral. And she had to face a televised firing squad of angry contestants who wanted to air their grievances.

In the end, Robertson won winemaker Ben Flajnik's heart and a marriage proposal. They later split up, and Robertson briefly dated "Bachelorette" runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr.

She's now sharing her story in "I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain" (It Books). The book pulls back the curtain on "The Bachelor" and maintaining a relationship made on TV.

AP: Since your relationship with Flajnik didn't work out and in the book you detail the problems you had, do you feel vindicated after sharing those things?

Robertson: For me it does feel good to say, 'No, this is actually what happened.' I think people had this idea I fooled him for 11 months. To me that's idiotic.... It was hurtful but it's not about being bitter. It's a huge part of my life story and I just had to tell the truth.

AP: Few relationships coming out of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" have worked. Do you think it's possible to find love that way?

Robertson: If you're really ready to settle down and find love I really think it can work.... I feel like the girls (on 'The Bachelorette') pick really well, too.... It just takes the right couple.

AP: Do you worry that when you meet a guy now, he's going to look up the show and watch clips of you online?

Robertson: Definitely. I remember I went on a date after the dust settled and I didn't tell the guy and he had no clue. And then someone came up and said, 'Can I get a picture?' I was like, 'Oh, I was on this show. Don't Google me.' Most guys understand. It's definitely a little tricky though.

AP: What have you learned about yourself?

Robertson: I realized in writing this book, 'Oh my gosh, I'm a serial rebounder. I need to make a change.'

AP: What was Ben's reaction to the book?

Robertson: I definitely had a couple emails that were like, I hate to say, they were pretty nasty. I didn't write this book for him. I stopped making decisions with him in mind the day we broke up.

AP: There were reports that you were going to appear on the spinoff "Bachelor in Paradise." Was that true?

Robertson: I was entertaining the idea but ultimately with (promoting) the book, I just couldn't.



NEW YORK: Burt Reynolds, the actor who once showed all, is now ready to tell.

GP Putnam's Sons announced Wednesday that Reynolds' memoir, "But Enough About Me," is set for release in fall 2015.

The 78-year-old Reynolds promises in a statement to "set the record straight" on everything from his love affairs with Sally Field and Loni Anderson to his Cosmopolitan centerfold from 1972. His films include "Deliverance," ''Boogie Nights" and "Smokey and the Bandit."

Reynolds' book also is expected to cover his friendships with Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson, among others.


Best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz is working on a book based on the Disney Channel movie "Descendants."

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced Wednesday that "Isle of the Lost" will be a prequel to the planned TV movie about the children of Maleficent and other Disney villains. The movie will be directed by "High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega and will star Kristin Chenoweth. The book and the film come out next year.

De la Cruz is known for her million-selling "Blue Bloods" series and for the series "Au Pairs" and "The Ashleys."








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