Please cast your mind back several dozen years to July 2020, the fated month that we found out Clare Crawley had quit The Bachelorette—or, perhaps we should say “quit.” From day one, spoilers about this truly wild plot twist indicated that it was Clare’s decision to leave the show. And it all began with Life & Style’s initial reports claiming she had such a “deep connection” with Dale Moss that she “refused to come out of her room” to film with other guys, leaving production “blindsided” when she ditched the show 12 days in.
ABC has since gone wayyyyy out of their way to reinforce this narrative. Like, we’ve all seen that clip of Chris Harrison telling Clare “you’ve just blown up the Bachelorette,” right?
And just this week ABC executive Robert Mills told Nick Viall that production never considered the possibility of Clare meeting her ~person~ so early on, or that they’d have to “shut this whole thing down.”
But it looks like there’s actually way more to this story, and fans have uncovered (mounting!!) evidence that ABC always intended to recast Clare with Tayshia Adams. Let’s lay it all out like our assigned FBI agents would want us to:
Exhibit A: Reality Steve’s Bombshell Report
In early October, after months of reports that Clare had quit the show, Reality Steve came through with an extremely !!!!!!! post claiming that producers had basically planted the seed in Clare’s mind that she should quit for Dale. Per Steve, “this was in production’s plan before Clare’s season started. They knew Clare would be removed at some point during this season and replaced as the Bachelorette by Tayshia. Did Clare know? No. Did the guys know? No. But production sure as hell did.”
Steve then went on to say that production knew Clare would fall for Dale early based on conversations with her:
Exhibit B: Clare’s Pointed Twitter Likes
Clare is under contract with ABC right now and presumably can’t say anything bad about the show. But it looks like she tried to give an opinion about that Reality Steve report (see: Exhibit A) through the ancient art of Pointed Twitter Likes™.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Clare liked a series of tweets by Bachelorette viewer Marietou Sangare, indicating that she was forced out by producers. Per ET, Marietou wrote:
In two other tweets liked by Clare, Marietou said, “They had Tayshia quarantined 9 days after Clare started filming. They wanted to remove Clare. And I just don’t think it’s fair,” and “Production has control over literally everything. They know what they’re doing.”
Production has control over literally everything. They know what they’re doing
Exhibit C: Clare’s ET Interview
During an early October interview with Entertainment Tonight, Clare maintained that she never quit the show. Of course, she didn’t go as far as to say she was forced out—but she made her feelings pretty clear:
Exhibit D: Robert Mills’ Interview
During the interview between ABC exec Robert Mills and Nick Viall, Mills claimed that production waited to call in Tayshia well into Clare’s season: “When [Clare] didn’t give out that rose and she just gave it to herself, that was it,” he said. “That was really it, when we started making the call [to replace her].”
But Reality Steve hopped on Twitter to once again call bullsh*t and say the show always intended to replace Clare with Tayshia:
This is flat out untrue. They are selling you a lie. If you honestly think they didn’t make the call to Tayshia until Clare decided not to give that group date rose, her last date of the season by the way, you need to wake up. The timeline doesn’t even work in that scenario. pic.twitter.com/QiN0oXrU8Y
And he also made it clear he wasn’t about to compromise his sources:
That’s not the case here. Tayshia wasn’t on standby “in case.” This wasn’t a COVID thing. But I’m not going to compromise sources just so people who don’t wanna believe it can be appeased. This was planned before the season started. https://t.co/bErxYnmNsP
So…where does this all leave us? On the one hand, we have producers and execs indicating that Clare quit the show seemingly on her own terms. On the other, we have Clare liking tweets about being forced out, and Bachelor Nation’s most reputable spoiler source saying the show always intended to replace her. Which means the time has come to weigh in! Hit the poll with your thoughts:
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