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'Bachelor' and 'Dancing' star Melissa Rycroft joining ABC's 'GMA'


By Christopher Rocchio, 06/18/2009 

Melissa Rycroft apparently feels at home on ABC.

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The rejected The Bachelor bachelorette and former Dancing with the Stars eighth-season celebrity participant has signed on as a Good Morning America contributor, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press in a Thursday report.

The 26-year-old sales rep from Dallas, TX will make eight appearances on Good Morning America, according to the source, which added her stint is scheduled to start next week and will include "fun, lighthearted pieces."

Rycroft had hinted at her new job on a Wednesday posting on her Twitter page.

"Guess who just got a job with Good Morning America???" she posted.

Rycroft has been a reoccurring presence on ABC since January, when she appeared as one of the bachelorette's vying for Jason Mesnick's heart on The Bachelor's thirteenth season.

Rycroft got engaged to Mesnick during the taping of The Bachelor's Final Rose Ceremony in November -- but he later dumped her on-air in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney during a January taping of the season's After the Final Rose special.

While Rycroft decided to pass on the chance to serve as the star of The Bachelorette's currently airing fifth season -- causing the role to go to second runner-up Jillian Harris instead -- she accepted an offer to join Dancing with the Stars' eighth season as a last-minute replacement for injured Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O'Dell.

Rycroft subsequently finished third behind Gilles Marini and eventual champ Shawn Johnson.

(Photo credit ABC)


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