‘The Bachelor’: Why Kelley Flanagan and Natasha Parker Missed the ‘Women Tell All’

[Spoiler alert: The Bachelor Season 24 “Women Tell All” special.] After weeks of Peter Weber’s turbulent quest for love, The Bachelor Season 24 is finally coming to an end. In a few weeks’ time, the 28-year-old will hopefully deliver the great love story he has been promising fans since the very beginning. But the grand finale won’t come before The Bachelor cast returns for a dramatic “Women Tell All” reunion to spill some tea and plant seeds of redemption ahead of their Bachelor in Paradise debuts. However, it seems two key players from Weber’s season — Kelley Flanagan and Natasha Parker — missed the “WTA” taping. So why aren’t Kelley and Natasha at The Bachelor Season 24 “Women Tell All” special on March 2? Apparently, one of the contestants wasn’t invited.

Reality Steve reveals Kelley Flanagan wasn’t invited to ‘The Bachelor: Women Tell All’

Of course, most “Women Tell All” specials on The Bachelor don’t feature the full 30-member cast. But for the 2020 season, only 17 women showed up. The episode was filmed on Friday, Feb. 21. Then the next day, Bachelor Nation spoiler guru, Reality Steve, unveiled the contestants to attended.

According to the blogger, these were the women who filmed the “Women Tell All”: Katrina Badowski, Maurissa Gunn, Alexa Caves, Kylie Ramos, Sarah Coffin, Kiarra Norman, DeAndra Kanu, Savannah Mullins, Alayah Benavidez, Victoria Fuller, Kelsey Weier, McKenna Dorn, Victoria Paul, Sydney Hightower, Lexi Buchanan, Shiann Lewis, and Tammy Ly. He also noted Natasha and Kelley’s absence.

Reality Steve then shared Kelley wasn’t invited to The Bachelor: Women Tell All taping, despite being in Weber’s top five and a popular fan-favorite pick for The Bachelorette

“Word broke yesterday that Kelley told people she wasn’t invited to the WTA. This is true. Why? I have no idea,” Reality Steve wrote on Twitter. “But if you finished 5th & you were popular on the season, & you don’t get invited to WTA, it means they didn’t like her. No other reason.”

In a separate tweet, he continued: “But basically Kelley wasn’t invited which 1) is kinda bullsh*t 2) doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense 3) isn’t addressed at the WTA and 4) pretty much kills any chance of her being the ‘Bachelorette.’”

Meanwhile, Kelley’s Instagram shows the attorney was in Los Angeles when the “Women Tell All” special was filmed. And although she may not have been invited to the taping, she still spent some time with fellow cast members.

Natasha Parker addresses why she didn’t film ‘The Bachelor: Women Tell All’

As mentioned, Reality Steve also revealed Natasha — who finished sixth on Weber’s Bachelor season — did not attend the “Women Tell All” taping. The blogger said he wasn’t sure why Natasha wasn’t there. But after fans discovered Kelley wasn’t invited to the reunion, many jumped to conclusions and speculated it was the same for both women.

Then on Feb. 24, Natasha appeared to address the rumors about her “Women Tell All” absence. 

“Please don’t put us in the same boat,” Natasha wrote on Twitter. “I was invited, I just unfortunately couldn’t make it.”

That said, Natasha’s tweet didn’t directly specify she was referring to the Kelley or the “Women Tell All” taping. However, it still seems likely the event planner was unable to attend. During the weekend of filming the special, Natasha posted a photo tagged from New York on Instagram. 

Kelley Flanagan, Madison Prewett, Tammy Ly, Sydney Hightower, Natasha Parker, Kelsey Weier, Victoria Paul, and Mykenna Dorn on 'The Bachelor' - Season 24
Kelley Flanagan, Madison Prewett, Tammy Ly, Sydney Hightower, Natasha Parker, Kelsey Weier, Victoria Paul, and Mykenna Dorn on ‘The Bachelor’ | Francisco Roman via Getty Images

Now, it’s not unprecedented for Bachelor contestants to miss the “Women Tell All” filming. For those of you who don’t remember, Elyse Dehlbom — who was a fan-favorite on Colton Underwood’s season — skipped out on the special in 2019. She attended her friend’s wedding instead.

We know the “Women Tell All” for The Bachelor Season 24 won’t be the same without Natasha or Kelley. Not only did both contestants make it far in Weber’s season, but it would have been nice to see their perspectives represented onscreen. Nevertheless, the show must go on. The “Women Tell All” airs Monday, March 2, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST on ABC. So stay tuned.

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