Cassie Randolph was awarded Colton Underwood’s final rose on last year’s season of The Bachelor, but not without a little drama first.
Randolph’s father, Matt, flew to Portugal (where Fantasy Suites were taking place) to talk his daughter into going home. She ended up agreeing with him, that her heart wasn’t really in it, and decided to quit the show.
When she told Underwood before heading into the overnight portion of their Fantasy Suite, the lead broke down and infamously jumped an eight-foot fence to get away from production. When he returned, he broke up with the remaining two contestants (Hannah Godwin and Tayshia Adams) to devote the rest of his time to winning Randolph back.
Cassie Randolph didn’t want to get engaged to Colton Underwood after only two dates
In a recent interview with the “I Suck At Life” podcast, Randolph spoke about the decision she made to quit the show.
“I honestly was just really thrown off by the fact that we hadn’t spent a lot of time together and I didn’t know him as well as I thought I would. I mean he’s the same on-camera as he is off-camera, but when you’re filming you don’t know. You don’t know that at all,” said Randolph.
She continued: “So I was just very realistic about it and I thought to myself: ‘This is something I want to do one time. I only want to be engaged once and if I commit to being engaged it’s gonna be an engagement.’ I didn’t want to get engaged but it’s really like we’re dating, you know? So I just didn’t feel like I was ready in that moment. So I couldn’t make myself do it.”
Looking back, Randolph thinks it would have been easier to just get engaged. She feels like less people would be so critical of her. But she’s happy with the decision she made.
“I think it would have been easier if I was like, ‘OK fine let’s get engaged.’ I had to listen to myself and do what I felt like was right even though, I don’t know. People are very 50/50 about it, too. You have the people who are like ‘Wow, good for you standing up for it,’ and then you have people who are like ‘You went on a TV show!’ But, again, you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into,” she said.
Randolph just couldn’t get to where she needed to be with Underwood after only going on two dates with him.
“We had two one-on-one dates and they were like an hour long. There’s people around you the whole time, you get separated when you’re alone, you know. And then the group dates, you’re with seven other girls. You get 10 minutes to talk. That’s why I wasn’t ready, guys,” she explained.
‘The Bachelor’ doesn’t work for everybody
That being said, Randolph acknowledges that The Bachelor has worked for some couples in the past.
“For some people it works. For some it really does. That’s why I was like ‘Oh, maybe it can work for me,'” she said.
Ultimately, it seems like The Bachelor did work for Randolph, just in a different way.