By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 03, 2003 10:48 AM
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There’s big news on “The Bachelorette” front: Meredith Phillips may not have received a rose from “Bachelor” Bob Guiney during ABC’s latest matrimonial sweepstakes, but — as luck would have it — she has landed in the catbird’s seat.

Phillips, 30, has been selected to be next season’s “Bachelorette,” reports TV Guide. Phillips, the third runner-up this past season, even skipped her grandma’s funeral to date Guiney, which says something about her devotion to romance. (We think.)

This also means, of course, that Phillips will be following in the footsteps of “Bachelorette” Trista Rehn — who also is back in the news herself, and not just because her wedding to Ryan Sutter is near.

Rehn’s former manager, Kevin Allyn, is suing Rehn for a 20 percent cut, or $200,000, of the $1 million fee he claims to have negotiated from ABC to air her wedding, reports “Entertainment Tonight.”

The suit was filed on Nov. 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court. A call seeking comment from Rehn wasn’t immediately returned, the Associated Press.

ABC is picking up the tab for the $1 million wedding, which according to all accounts is to take place at the Lodge at Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, Calif.

The wedding and its preparations have been featured in a series of specials, including one on Rehn’s and Sutter’s bachelor parties set to air Wednesday. The actual exchanging of the vows is to be broadcast Dec. 10.