‘The Bachelorette’: Ben Higgins Confirms Rumors About Clare Crawley — ‘This Has Always Been Part of the Plan’

The Bachelorette lead Clare Crawley finally got her chance at love in July of 2020. Her season should have begun filming in March 2020; however, the coronavirus pandemic postponed it. Now, rumors fly that Crawley quit the show, and former Bachelor Ben Higgins has the scoop.

'The Bachelorette' star Clare Crawley talking to Ben Higgins
‘The Bachelorette’ star Clare Crawley talking to former ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins | Paul Hebert/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Did ‘The Bachelorette’ star Clare Crawley quit the show?

While several news outlets reported that Crawley quit the show, a news story came out that she fell for one of her contestants. She left the filming on good terms with producers, not because she was “difficult.” The hairstylist was so confident about the connection that she did not want to lead the other guys on longer than she had to.

Instead of dragging things out with the gentlemen, producers decided to let Crawley leave with her guy. Then they brought in a new Bachelorette to finish the last four weeks of filming. Crawley fell in love in two short weeks.

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Lauren Zima from Entertainment Tonight shared a photo of herself with the new Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams, and the breaking news.

“BREAKING: CONGRATS, TAYSHIA!” Zima wrote. “ET has learned Tayshia is the new #TheBachelorette. That doesn’t mean we won’t see Clare Crawley’s journey, and I can’t WAIT to watch them both. This will be a franchise first.” 

Former ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins Believes the rumors are all true

The star of The Bachelor Season 20, Ben Higgins, is sometimes referred to as the new Chris Harrison. The 31-year-old podcast host appeared on The BacheloretteBachelor Winter Games, and a spinoff, Ben & Lauren Happily Ever After. He also went on tour with The Bachelor Live On Stage, which he hosted — helping eligible Bachelors through various dating scenarios and rose ceremonies.

“I’m 99 percent positive this is true,” Higgins explained on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast. “Nobody ever quits the show. The show captures whatever you choose to do with or without you agreeing to it. They have you under contract. You’re not running away from the show.” 

Higgins has plenty of experience with the show and producers, so he knows the rules in and out.

“One theory is this has always been part of the plan,” he explained. “They always knew that Clare was going to fall quickly, fall hard. [The Bachelor producers] kind of admire that about her — they wanted to show that love story. They had cast 42 men before this whole thing started.” 

Higgins believes that they started with so many contestants because the producers knew they would be bringing in another lead.

Higgins believes Crawley was talking to the contestants before going on ‘The Bachelorette’

“Here is my final point,” the podcast host concluded. “I am not going to be surprised if we find out that Clare and some of these guys were chatting outside the show over the past six months. The old Nick and Kaitlyn and many others who have made this work.”

Higgins referred to Nick Viall and Kaitlyn Bristowe because he joined her season of The Bachelorette since they talked for six months before she went on the show. However, Bristowe did not choose Viall, whereas Crawley decided to pick one of the men she was talking to before the show.

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“It doesn’t always work, but I don’t blame them,” Higgins added. “I do think it would have been harder to date on the show if you had been messaging and being vulnerable with each other, and face timing with each other, and all of those things over the last six months of a very difficult season for many people.”

Hopefully, we will find out all of the juicy behind-the-scenes details when The Bachelorette airs on ABC this fall.