'The Bachelor''s Ousted Kari Speaks


Dating while on camera is what Kari Fajen cites as the reason for her downfall -- and the voted off "The Bachelor" contestant tells ET why she feels that Jason Mesnick didn't present her with a red rose this week.


"I like to take my relationships slow and do friendships, and develop it that way," Kari says. "I think we were at a friendship level. He's a very nice, caring and giving guy. But I didn't get to know him on an intimate level."


That said, the 27-year-old advertising executive from Overland, Kansas, says if they had made a love connection, she would have been willing to leave everything behind.


"If you find the man of your dreams, I would definitely be willing to move to a different city and be a step-mom. I wanted to make sure that I was ready to be a mom. I had to think about those things before I accepted and went on the show."


Since leaving "The Bachelor," Kari has returned to her job at PlattForm Advertising, is catching up with friends, and is still looking for Mr. Right. It is a little harder now, because she wants to make sure that anyone she dates wants to be with her, and is not dating her because she was on a TV series. She also makes time to watch "The Bachelor," because she wants to find out to whom Jason proposes.


"I'm definitely going to continue watching the show because I don't know what happens from the point that I left," she admits. "I'm rooting for Stephanie. She was my roommate and I got to know her, and see pictures of her daughter."


"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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