As Clare Crawley’s journey in season 16 of The Bachelorette crawls to the end (sorry, not sorry), fans learn more about how the dramatic exit came about. The narrative we saw is that Clare returned to the franchise to find her husband and was done with the program when she found him – just 12 days after she started filming. However, according to a recent interview with an ABC executive, it may have been less of her choice than a decision by higher officials.
On Tuesday, October 27th, Rob Mills appeared on ex-Bachelor Nick Viall’s podcast. The Viall files, where he noted that while producers knew Clare’s season was going to be “unpredictable”, they didn’t expect the quick turnaround it would take. Mills revealed when Clare refused to hand out a rose after their second group date, “it was kind of controversial.” He added, “This was the time when we started thinking, ‘Oh my god, like we really had to think about it,’ when she didn’t give out that rose and just gave it to herself.”
The group date in question was about a roast that involved Clare’s front runner Dale Moss as the other contestants realized just how strong the bond had become between the Bachelorette and the former NFL player. Almost inseparable from the first episode Clare made her first impression on Dale, the couple said to a startled Chris Harrison, “I definitely feel like I’ve just met my husband.” It is fair to say that the rest of Clare’s contestants believe they have no chance against Dale and are not happy with the way they are Bachelorette Experience goes. Since the premiere, Clare has sent three men home outside of the rose ceremonies, canceling an individual appointment and a group appointment. It is obvious that she is past the experience too!
While some asked if the Bachelorette had any contact with Dale before the show, Mills insisted that Clare and Dale didn’t meet or speak before the show premiered, saying, “She swears on her father’s grave that they didn’t [meet]. She had never seen this guy before. “
“She just couldn’t do it anymore,” he added. “I think she went a little crazy.”
Even so, it sounds like the producers realized that Clare’s feelings for Dale were more than expected and they feared the two would leave. “You know, as a lead man, you have moments when you say, ‘I’m done, I’m out,'” Mills said. “It was never, ‘Oh my god, what if you met that person [early] and we have to shut it all down? ‘Apparently, Clare changed all that! And while Mills didn’t reveal how the hairdresser’s exit came about, he said fans will see Clare begin her relationship with Dale before Tayshia Adams steps in to take the reins .