Emily Maynard is Protecting Her Daughter From ‘The Bachelorette’s’ Spotlight

It seems to be a regular debate. Should adults who sign on for reality TV shows allow their kids to be shown on camera? In 2008 TMZ reported that a court commissioner actually gave Denise Richards permission to have her two children on her series "Denise Richards: It's Complicated," despite ex-husband Charlie Sheen's objections. And recent reports say that Eddie Cibrian refused to allow ex-wife Brandi Glanville to have their kids on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Emily Maynard Turned Down Offers to be 'The Bachelorette.'

The decision of whether or not Emily Maynard was going to allow her 6-year-old daughter Ricki to appear on "The Bachelorette" was all hers. Ricki's father, racecar driver Ricky Hendrick, died in an airplane crash on the way to the track before she was even born. Maynard was very protective of Ricki during her stint on "The Bachelor," only allowing her soon-to-be fiancé Brad Womack to meet Ricki once she herself was sure of her feelings for him.

The Maynard-Womack engagement went south like so many have in the "Bachelor" franchise, and now Maynard is the new "Bachelorette." In a recent conference call interview, the protective mom said that she turned down the opportunity on numerous occasions. But when she realized that ABC was willing to move production from the normally glamorous locations like Los Angeles and New York, to Emily and Ricki's hometown - Charlotte, North Carolina - she opened up to the idea.

Emily Maynard Is Keeping Her Suitors Away From Her Daughter on 'The Bachelorette.'

In the first episode Ricki appeared on camera with Emily in an opening segment that recapped Maynard's history and daily life, but she came up with a creative explanation for Ricki calling "The Bachelorette" a "very elaborate family home video that she'll be able to watch way, way later down the road." And she's gone so far as to not even say the words "bachelor" and "bachelorette" around her daughter.

And to top it all off, Maynard made sure that Ricki wasn't going on group dates with her 25 suitors. The single mom remarked, "She was very sheltered the entire way through. And obviously I can't say if I introduced her to anyone or not but she had no idea what was going on."

Ricki Maynard Played With Other Kids on 'The Bachelorette's' Exotic Trips.

That was the case even when Ricki went on some of the required exotic "Bachelorette" trips to distant locations. But rather than tagging along on romantic dates with her mom and her potential future dad, Ricki spent time with a nanny and crewmembers' families.

As Chris Harrison recounted in a recent conference call interview, "Our kids will travel with us from time to time. My kids travel with me and other producers and camera operators. So there's lots of wives and families on the road with us, and we all take care of each other. We all know each other's kids, and Ricki became part of the family. And she jumps around and plays with my kids from time to time."

Ricki Maynard Met One New Guy on 'The Bachelorette.'

Ricki did get to meet one handsome bachelor during the show's taping, however. During a charity date at benefitting Children's Hospital in Charlotte, Ricki was able to meet Kermit the Frog. But it was her grandmother that brought her for the one-on-one with the Muppet; Emily and the bachelors were nowhere to be seen.

See if Ricki gets to meet one special suitor when "The Bachelorette" airs Monday, May 21 at 9pm EST/8pm CST on ABC. Beginning May 28 it moves to its regular time slot of 8pm EST/7pm CST.

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