‘Bachelorette’ Reunion: Chris Harrison Reveals Why Some of Your Favorites Didn’t Return
We know on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, host Chris Harrison never shies away from saying something is the “biggest” or “most dramatic” night ever. But last night, his superlative was actually correct, as it truly was the biggest Bachelorette reunion in Bachelor history!
Last night, most of our Bachelorette favorites came together to dish on their seasons and wish the newest addition to their family, Hannah Brown, good luck.
But if you are a true Bachelorette fan, then you may have noticed that there were a few women missing from the ranks.
Who was at the reunion?
Trista Sutter, DeAnna Stagliano, Jillian Harris, Ali Fedotowsky-Manno, Ashley Rosenbaum, Emily Maynard Johnson, Desiree Siegfried, Andi Dorfman, Kaitlyn Bristowe, JoJo Fletcher, Rachel Lindsay, and Becca Kufrin all came together last night for a walk down memory road. But that means that two women were missing.
Who didn’t make the reunion?
You may not remember Meredith Phillips and Jennifer Schefft unless you have been a long time fan of the franchise. They were the Bachelorettes on seasons two and three of the show, respectively.
Phillips ended Bob Guiney’s season of The Bachelor as the third runner up. On her Bachelorette season, she gave her final rose to Ian McKee but the two ended their engagement in 2005. She is now a professional chef and author.
Schefft’s claim to fame was not choosing anyone at the end of her season. Which turned out well in the end because she is now married with two children.
Why didn’t Phillips and Schefft come to the reunion?
So why were two of the earliest Bachelorettes left out of the celebration? Is there bad blood between the franchise and Phillips and Schefft? Did they get asked and refuse to come back?
The answer is actually a lot less dramatic. It was simply a scheduling conflict.
“Unfortunately Jen and Meredith couldn’t be there because we had to settle on a date,” Chris Harrison told Entertainment Tonight. “At the end of the day, we had to shoot this thing. So, we just picked a day where we could get as many as we possibly could, but unfortunately, schedules, vacations, was one of them, just couldn’t be changed. And we just had to pull the trigger and do this thing.”
Though they weren’t able to make it physically, Harrison still believes that the women were accounted for.
“Jen and Meredith are represented, they’re celebrated in this thing, we love them very much and they’re a part of our family and this sisterhood, but they just couldn’t join us,” he added.
What was ‘The Bachelorette’ reunion like?
This was the first time that 12 of the former Bachelorettes had been in one place at one time.
For Harrison, who had been there for each of the women’s journies, the moment was extremely special.
“I knew it was going to be fun to get all these former Bachelorettes together but I wasn’t prepared for how touching and meaningful it was for me,” Harrison told Us Weekly. “To see them all together talking and sharing stories about their lives and their seasons really filled my heart full of pride.”
The Bachelorette premieres Monday at 8 p.m ET on ABC.
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