Lesley Murphy on a one on one date with Sean Lowe on “The Bachelor”. (Rick Rowell/Photo courtesy of ABC)

Not every eliminated reality show contestant yearns to get back in front of the cameras: Soon after D.C. resident Lesley Murphy was voted off “The Bachelor,” she was back at her desk — and happy to be there.

“I’m very fortunate to have kept my job,” said Murphy, a political consultant at communications firm New Partners who was gone for nearly three months last fall to shoot ABC’s find-a-soulmate show. “My boss was very supportive and let me try this experience and see where it led me,” she told our colleague Emily Yahr.

The Arkansas native, 25, was one of the last six contestants vying for bachelor Sean Lowe, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Texas. She made it through multiple elimination ceremonies (including an awkward challenge to break the world record for the longest on-screen kiss) but failed to receive a rose last week.

Still, Murphy insists she has no regrets. Although she was worried about what her family, friends and co-workers might think, she was surprised by the amount of support she received. And, despite tricky editing that often creates love-to-hate contestants, viewers seemed to like her — enough for her to be recognized by fans in D.C., and mobbed by girls during a recent weekend trip to Dallas.

No current plans to appear on TV again anytime soon, although Murphy majored in Broadcast News at the University of Georgia and isn’t shy in front of the camera. “We’ll see what the future holds.” One of the best parts of the experience was the reaction after each episode aired — yes, her colleagues were all watching. “They love it, and can’t get enough of it,” Murphy said. “I never want to see a rose again in my life.”

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