Kaitlyn Bristowe had several roles in “The bachelor” franchise, so it’s not surprising that she has an opinion on the recently announced “double” season for 2022.
In March 2022, Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey were named double stars for the upcoming 19th season of the ABC dating show. As ABC gave fans an early glimpse of the ladies’ suitors by posting their photos on Facebookit didn’t appear that there would be “duplicate” men to choose from.
While many fans are happy that Rachel and Gabby are getting a second chance at love, not all are a fan of the idea — including Bristowe, who has been in her shoes before.
Kaitlyn Bristowe criticized the format for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette
In 2015, Bristowe was in season 11 of The Bachelorette, but her solo role only came after her admirers voted between her and co-leader Britt Nilsson to remain on the show. Bristowe got the most votes from the men and Nilsson was sent home, according to Us Weekly.
Posted in an interview Bye Bye! MessagesBristowe admitted that when she heard that Rachel and Gabby would both be “The Bachelorette,” she immediately felt “triggered.”
“Because I was like, oh my god, can’t a woman have her own season?” she said. “It feels like it’s Clare [Crawley] and then she was gone. And then it had to be Tayshia [Adams]. And then it was Katie [Thurston] and then, back to back, Michelle [Young]. And now it’s the two Bachelorettes again.”
“I just want someone to have their own season and I just don’t want them to be pitted against each other,” she added. “I don’t know how the format will work. I don’t know what their little system will be, but I know how two bachelorettes felt, and it felt like we were being pitted against each other for the men to decide. And we could all get weird about what’s and isn’t acceptable in the bachelor’s world, because that’s really always a gray area. I just wish I was there because I know how it feels!”
Kaitlyn Bristowe was disappointed with the Bachelorette’s hosting decision
Bristowe and former “Bachelorette” co-star Tayshia Adams co-hosted Katie Thurston and Michelle Young’s seasons of the show after longtime host Chris Harrison unexpectedly left The Bachelor franchise in June 2021. It was recently announced that the two women will be replaced by Jesse Palmer as host for Rachel and Gabby’s season together.
On the March 22nd episode her Off the Vine podcastBristowe confirmed she wouldn’t be returning to host, but made it clear it wasn’t her idea.
“I want to support Gabby and Rachel and be there for them so much,” she said. “I think it makes sense for a woman to be there for them. … I will be sad…. I want to be there to support them, but that’s the update.”
In an interview in June 2021 with the Washington PostBristowe explained that female hosts for “The Bachelorette” also provided the lead actress with much-needed mentors.
“We were a shoulder to cry, we were there to laugh,” she said of the last two seasons’ girl power vibes. “We’re here to keep an extra eye on some of the guys. And it’s definitely different because we’ve been in that position before.
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