Vail’s Garton quits ‘The Bachelor’ |

Vail’s Garton quits ‘The Bachelor’

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Vail, CO Colorado
Madison Garton

VAIL, Colorado – Vail native Madison Garton took herself out of the running in Monday’s episode of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor.”

Garton, 25, who now lives in New York and works as a model, was among 30 women vying for the affections of Brad Womack on the show.

Three of 17 remaining women were to be eliminated from the competition Monday, but Garton walked out of the “rose ceremony” before Womack could tell her if she’d made the cut. If a contestant gets a rose from Womack, that means she stays another week.

“I would have a really hard time taking a rose from one of these girls,” she told Womack. “I wouldn’t feel right tomorrow if I were here and I knew a girl went home who put her everything on the line and put her heart on the line for you. So I would rather go home tonight.”

Garton gained some attention from the blogosphere when, in previous episodes, she brandished fake vampire fangs.

Monday was the third episode of the season. Each week, Womack gives a rose to each woman he chooses to keep in the competition. In the final rose ceremony, the bachelor has the option of choosing one of the women for a further relationship or choosing no one as Womack did when he was “The Bachelor” in 2007.

On Monday’s episode, Womack said he really wanted to get to know Garton and he didn’t understand her decision.

“I think I’m missing out on a hell of a girl,” he said. “All right, bye.”

Garton said she might regret the decision tomorrow.

“I came here because it sounded fabulous,” said Garton, who attended Vail Mountain School. “Going on ‘The Bachelor,’ you have the potential to meet your Prince Charming. But it’s not so easy as walking into a fairy tale and walking out with Prince Charming.”

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