Kaitlyn Bristowe was told she was “not allowed” to do DWTS
For many celebrities, athletes and reality TV stars, the decision to join Dancing With the Stars is their own choice and they are free to choose whether or not to participate when the offer is made by producers. That was not the case for one of the recent DWTS champions.
on January 31, 2023, Episode of the podcast “Not skinny but not fat”.Season 29 winner Kaitlyn Bristowe said she was told she was “ineligible” to be on the show. Immediately after finishing her season of The Bachelorette, Bristowe received an offer to enter the competition, but Mike Fleiss, the creator of the Bachelorette franchise, told her she couldn’t.
“I was so angry because I felt like the show was so sexist in the first place,” Bristowe said of The Bachelor franchise. “I was so annoyed because Sean Lowe did ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Nick Viall did Dancing With the Stars,” Bristowe said of her reasons for accepting the offer to join immediately.
“I didn’t realize I had to check with the show’s creator. I was still under contract,” Bristowe said. She went on to say that someone from the franchise had emailed her — “two days before” she was due to fly to New York to be announced as part of the cast — and told her she couldn’t join.
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Kaitlyn Bristowe decided to challenge the email and fight for her place at DWTS
Bristowe admitted she could have just dropped it and skipped “Dancing With the Stars,” but instead questioned the reasons she was told she couldn’t keep up. She explained that her “Bachelorette” contract didn’t mean she couldn’t do DWTS, but that the production had the “right” to refuse her participation in things.
“Why?” she asked, asking to be associated with Fleiss. “I didn’t take no for an answer,” she said.
“I finally got in touch with Fleiss and said, ‘Why can’t I do ‘Dancing With the Stars’?” said Bristol. She explained that Fleiss told her he was sick of people trying to find fame after going on The Bachelor franchise shows.
“I said, ‘Dancing has been a passion of mine all my life.’ And he said, ‘Well, Shawn should be your passion now,'” Bristowe recalled. Fleiss was referring to Bristowe’s then-fiancé Shawn Booth. She ended up getting permission to do the show, was paired with Artem Chigvintsev, and became the first person from the “Bachelor” franchise to win a Mirrorball Trophy.
“Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown competed in Season 30 and also won the Mirrorball.
Kaitlyn Bristowe loved DWTS and says she misses it
Bristowe had a great experience with “Dancing With the Stars” and was sad when it ended.
“There’s something so magical about looking at it. I’ve watched it with my mom from season one until now. And you know, knowing what that process is like and how hard these dancers work every day and how tough it is on your body and your mind, I love supporting the show and I actually miss it so much that I understand that overwhelming sense of joy that with every dance and laugh I cry and think, ‘Oh, I miss it,'” she said Us Weekly in October 2022.
“It’s such a family over there,” she added.
She went on to say that she and Chigvintsev are no longer in touch.
“You know what’s funny, I actually feel like Artem and I had – it [was] like a business,” she said.
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