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"The Bachelor" Andy Baldwin leaves Washington, with parting advice for D.C.'s next reality TV royalty.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Andy Baldwin, erstwhile star of "The Bachelor," in Washington, D.C., June 19. 2010. (Amy Argetsinger/TWP)

Andy Baldwin arrived in Washington in the spring of 2008, a year after kissing girls in hot tubs as the star of "The Bachelor." The Navy doctor shipped out this week for his next assignment in San Diego -- but first, we got him to offer parting advice for D.C.'s new crop of reality TV royalty.

"I don't think you can ever prepare yourself for what it's like to go from anonymity to instant fame," he said. "I know a lot of people in reality TV that have taken years to get over the trauma."

Baldwin, 33, rebounded all right. He didn't chase showbiz; he stuck with the military, albeit in a highly visible recruiting role. But he also happily lent his face and name to various causes and charities. What would he tell the "Real Housewives"? Stay grounded, surround yourself with true friends, grow a thick skin. Travel and volunteer work helped him keep perspective -- he recently returned from trips to Kenya and South Africa, where he ran a 56-mile race to raise awareness for World Vision's campaign to find sponsorships for poor children. "You realize, there are 6 billion people, many of them living off a few dollars a day. No one knows or cares that I was on TV."

By The Reliable Source  |  June 22, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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Good for you Andy....good luck in your residency and may you find what you wish for .... a family...young wife and child.

Posted by: BMLT | June 22, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

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