Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe is speaking out against ABC's decision to feature two leads in the upcoming season.
After Bachelor Clayton Echard called off his relationships with both Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia in the latest Bachelor season finale, the girls, once again, showed their support for each other as they were both left devastated.
ABC announced the ladies would be co-starring the upcoming season 19 of "The Bachelorette," news that Bristowe wasn't too excited about.
“I was triggered,” Bristowe said of the decision in an interview with fiancé Jason Tartick for E! News. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, can’t a woman have her own season?’ It feels like it was Clare and then she was gone. And then it had to be Tayshia. And then it was Katie and then, back-to-back, Michelle. And now it’s the two Bachelorettes again.”
Bristowe starred on season eleven of "The Bachelorette" alongside former Bachelor contestant Britt Nelson. The show essentially pinned the women against each other, as the men were given the power to decide which lady they wanted to keep on the show as their lead. Although Bristowe ultimately won, she doesn't want the new girls to have the same experience as her.
“I just want somebody to have their own season and I just don’t want it to be them pitted against each other,” the Bachelorette host explained. “I don’t know how the format is going to work. I don’t know what their little system is going to be, but I know how two Bachelorettes felt and it felt like we were being pitted against each other for the men to decide.”
Bristowe, who co-hosted seasons 17 and 18 of the Bachelorette alongside Tayshia Adams, after Chris Harrison left the job, is being replaced for the upcoming season. ABC revealed recently that former season 5 Bachelor and host of this season's The Bachelor, Jesse Palmer will be taking over.
Bristowe shared her reaction to the news in an episode of her podcast "Off the Vine."
While Bristowe showed her support for Palmer saying he'll be “amazing,” she also said she would be “sad” to not be able to help the girls as the host this season.
“I want to support Gabby and Rachel and be there for them so bad,” the reality TV star continued. “I think it makes sense to have a woman being there for them.”
Season 19 of "The Bachelorette" premieres on ABC Monday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET.
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