From the “Who gives a rat’s ass” file

ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ Says Engagement Is Off
NEW YORK – The second “Bachelor” is still a bachelor.
Aaron Buerge, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., proposed to Helene Eksterowicz at the end of the second season of “The Bachelor,” ABC’s romance-reality series in which an eligible guy chooses a bride from among 25 hopefuls.
An estimated 29 million viewers watched the Nov. 20 finale, as Buerge got down on one knee and placed a diamond ring on Eksterowicz’ left hand. (He refused to let the show spring for the rock, and insisted on buying it himself.)
Now, he says in the Feb. 17 issue of People magazine that the engagement was over by New Year’s.
“There has not been any dagger throwing,” Buerge said, adding that neither had been unfaithful. He said he and Eksterowicz, a 27-year-old school psychologist from Gloucester City, N.J., stay in touch by e-mail, and will explain why the romance died on a Feb. 20 ABC special.
So did Eksterowicz keep the ring? “That will be revealed,” a network spokeswoman said Wednesday.