‘The Bachelor’ Wasn’t Cassie Randolph’s First Reality TV Show

For Cassie Randolph, the last few years have been somewhat of a whirlwind. Ever since she competed on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, she began receiving an extraordinary amount of attention. Things only escalated when Randolph quit the show and Underwood reacted by jumping a fence and breaking off his remaining two relationships to pursue her. Underwood eventually won her over and the two had a pretty public relationship for about two years.

The Bachelor alum Cassie Randolph
Cassie Randolph | Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Thanks to her time on The Bachelor, Randolph has received a ton of popularity. She now boasts 1.6 million Instagram followers and had partnered with quite a few popular brands. Furthermore, her newfound popularity has allowed her to launch passion projects of her own, including an upcoming fashion line with her younger sister, Michelle Randolph.

After competing on ‘The Bachelor’ Cassie Randolph faced tons of criticism

Of course, things haven’t all been rainbows and butterflies for Randolph. Since she competed on The Bachelor, she has been under some pretty intense scrutiny. As she originally quit the show, people accused the Huntington Beach native of only dating Underwood for her 15 minutes of fame. The criticism has only escalated since the pair announced their breakup on May 29, 2020.

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The criticism got so bad that Randolph made the choice to do an Instagram hiatus for a month. When she returned to the popular platform, she addressed how difficult it has been for her to live her life in the spotlight for the past couple of years. She shared how challenging it has been for her to face endless critiques by people who don’t even know her personally.

The Huntington Beach native responds to criticism on Instagram after she and Colton Underwood split

“It takes really thick skin to navigate constant drama, fake articles, nasty DMs & comments or rumors started by people who feel entitled to your personal life. It takes incredible mental strength to shrug off strangers who regularly criticize your character based on conclusions they drew while watching an edited tv show (I could say so much here). It can feel like an uphill battle,” Randolph shared about her post-Bachelor experience in her Instagram post.

But, while The Bachelor certainly catapulted Randolph into Instagram fame, it actually isn’t her first reality TV show. Prior to filming The Bachelor, Randolph, and her sister, Michelle, recorded a show called Young Once. The eight-part television docuseries (which eventually expanded into a second season) follows students living in Southern California attending a super conservative college. The show follows the students as they attempt to adhere to strict school rules like no sex, alcohol, or drugs.

‘Young Once’

For her part, Randolph is featured quite a lot in the docuseries. Similar to The Bachelor, much of her airtime shows her attempting to navigate her romantic relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Caelan Tiongson. Both seasons of Young Once can be found on the show’s YouTube page. Though it isn’t nearly as popular as The Bachelor franchise, the first episode of the show has over 400,00 views.

Randolph talked about her past relationship in a recent interview

Clearly, Randolph isn’t camera shy. She even went on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! on July 6, 2020, to discuss how she’s been since her split from Underwood with host, Chris Harrison. While we’d wager that Randolph won’t be on any more of the Bachelor franchise shows anytime soon, we wouldn’t be surprised if she popped up on our screens for another reason.