Celebrity Conspiracy Theory: Ashley Hebert Is Being Groomed For “DWTS”

Hollywood these days is all about positioning and spin, and—what can we say?— it’s made us more than a little jaded. In this new column, we will share some of our most out-there theories about what’s really going on in the celeb-u-verse. Now, keep in mind that none of this is based on fact or even on the testimony of anonymous sources. They are purely hunches, and we could be totally and completely wrong. That said, we would not be super surprised if, some day, it came out that a few of our theories were right.

I believe I’ve uncovered the hidden agenda of this season of “The Bachelorette.” Ashley Hebert doesn’t give a fig about finding love. And she doesn’t actually want to become a dentist, even though she’s in school for it. It seems to me that she’d be more interested in becoming a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.” The evidence after the jump.Exhibit A: The “DTWS”/ “Bachelor” connection. “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelorette” are both housed under the ABC umbrella, which means there’s plenty of opportunity for show cross-pollination. Not only did Jake Pavelka get a turn on “DWTS” in season 10, after proposing to Vienna Girardi and dancing with her to that terrible song, “On the Wings of Love.”

On season eight, the “DWTS” producers announced that Melissa Rycroft would step in as a contestant after Nancy O’Dell was injured. Coincidentally, this was just days after Jason Mesnick traded Melissa in for Molly Malaney, so she made a very sympathetic contestant. Now there are rumors that Melissa Rycroft may step in as a host of “DWTS.” She has also co-hosted “Bachelor Pad,” which featured a “DWTS” challenge. Verrrry interesting.

Exhibit B: Most of Ashley’s dates have been dance-related. Every dance moment for Ashley on “The Bachelorette” is an extended audition. That footage of her dancing alone in the studio? Of her dancing with the JabbaWockeeZ in Vegas? Of that flash mob with Far East Movement? We get it. Ashley is really passionate about dance. Has she shown one iota of passion about dentistry? No. I would be surprised if she even plans on finishing dental school.

Exhibit C: The Bentley plot. I think Bentley was cast as the villain to help make Ashley prime “DWTS” contestant material. His purpose is twofold: (1) To make us like her and root for her even though she is so the most boring “Bachelorette” the show has ever had. If we feel bad about how Bentley treated her, at least we’ll feel something. (2) As a red herring. We’ll see how it plays out, but they are setting the show up so that if Ashley doesn’t find love, it was because she was heartbroken over Bentley. It’s all smoke and mirrors to distract us from the fact that she was never interested in love in the first place. The girl has other ambitions. Sure, the ‘bloids say she’s engaged, but we know it will only last long enough for her to put on a Swarovski-encrusted leotard and shake her stuff.

So what do you think? Am I onto to something or do I just have too much free time on my hands?

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