The Bachelorette producers are considering having the former The Bachelorette star return to star in -- similar to what Womack did with The Bachelor -- a second season of the ABC reality dating show, Radar Online reported Friday.
"Emily's ratings were huge and the producers know that she is incredibly popular so they are talking with her about coming back for another try," a show source told Radar Online.
The break-up marked the second unsuccessful TV engagement for Maynard, a 25-year-old single mom from Charlotte, NC, as she also previously got engaged to Womack when she competed as a bachelorette on his second The Bachelor edition last year (they eventually split in June 2011).
"Even though she has been burned twice, they are hoping that she will be open to the idea because they know it will be ratings gold and they know that she really likes being on TV and actually has fun on the show," the Radar Online source said.
"ABC loves Emily, there are tons of Emily fans and the producers think it could be an amazing twist that would really get people watching, even if it is haters tuning in to see what she will do a third time!"
However, unlike Maynard's first The Bachelorette edition which was partially filmed in her Charlotte hometown to help minimize the disruption to her relationship with seven-year-old daughter Ricki, Maynard's new The Bachelorette season would probably take place in the Los Angeles area where the show has traditionally been filmed.
"The producers want to change things up and film in Los Angeles this time but they want to be respectful of Emily's daughter Ricki so they'll shoot around her school schedule and vacations," the source told Radar Online.
Maynard selected Holm as her final bachelor -- and he subsequently proposed -- when The Bachelorette's eighth-season finale was filmed on May 12 and the pair had presented a happy front since the finale aired on July 22. However, reports that the couple's relationship was on the rocks had swirled for two months.
In August, Us Weekly reported Maynard and Holm, a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, UT, got into a blowout weekend argument while they were vacationing with his family after Holm discovered explicit text messages which indicated Maynard was cheating on him.
Maynard and Holm subsequently denied the report, but Holm's brother, Mike Holm, publicly claimed he was present for the argument and Us' claims were "100% true" -- leading to Holm alleging his brother was lying and has "a history of doing hurtful things to the family."
Then, late last month, Kaylee Shepherd -- a 21-year-old Utah college student who claims to have dated Holm for about nine months before he left her to go film The Bachelorette "for the experience" in March -- publicly alleged Holm had recently attempted to reunite with her and told her Maynard was paying Holm, at his request, to continue faking their engagement to preserve her good-girl reputation and cover-up the fact she cheated on him.
"Jef said their relationship isn't what it seems. It's all basically for TV," Shepherd told Us in an interview published in the magazine's October 8 issue.
"He said the [cheating] story was 100 percent accurate," she said. "Emily told him, 'I'm so sorry,' and he said, 'Well, we have two options: The first is I can go to the media and tell them the truth and let everyone know what you're really like. Or two, I will deny the whole thing, and you can give me half the money you made from The Bachelorette.' She picked option two," Shepherd said.
"He said, 'If I was happily engaged, I never would have texted you [to meet me].'"