‘The Bachelorette’: Did Production Plan to Make Clare Crawley Quit All Along?

Clare Crawley really shook things up this season of The Bachelorette when she fell in love with contestant Dale Moss and decided that she no longer wanted to be the Bachelorette. At the time, reports said that the production team was scrambling to find someone to replace Crawley, but now Bachelor expert Reality Steve is alleging that it might have been production’s plan to switch Crawley out all along.

Chris Harrison and Clare Crawley
Chris Harrison and Clare Crawley | John Fleenor via Getty Images

Clare left the show

When Crawley’s season got postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Moss was able to get in touch with her.

“One of her potential guys found a way to get in touch with her and they began talking,” a source told People. “By the time filming officially began, they were basically already in love. No one else stood a chance. It just became so obvious from her subsequent few dates that her heart wasn’t in it and she just wasn’t feeling it. Then she said she wanted out.”

It just so happened that Tayshia Adams, who had already been on the Bachelorette shortlist, was single at the time and could replace Crawley.

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Did Clare actually want to quit the show?

Initially, reports started surfacing that Crawley basically refused to film after falling for Moss, but that isn’t what Reality Steve thinks happened.

“Well, as mentioned, Clare clearly had a front runner in her head going into filming, and that was Dale,” he wrote. “Once filming started, it was apparently evident to everyone there that she was most into him and was impossible to hide. So I guess the question comes down to, what would you have rather her do? Fake it for a whole season with guys she wasn’t nearly as into, or, decide to leave with Dale once they realized they wanted to be with each other?”

According to Steve, production actually planted the idea to leave in Crawley’s mind.

“In reality, they knew what was happening the whole time,” he said. “It wasn’t even Clare’s decision to end the show with Dale. It was production’s. They were the ones that went to HER bringing up the scenario of basically, ‘what do you think of ending this now with Dale.’ They both agreed and, whaddya’ know, they already have Tayshia there on standby.”

Was Clare’s exit planned?

Almost immediately after Crawley decided not to continue, Adams was brought in. Was this all just really great luck? Probably not.

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“Based on the timing of when we heard Tayshia was headed to La Quinta to begin quarantine then film (it was nine days after Clare’s first night), I can report to you that this was in productions plan before Clare’s season started,” Steve wrote. “They knew Clare would be removed at some point during this season and replaced as the “Bachelorette” by Tayshia. Did Clare know? No. Did the guys know? No. But production sure as h*ll did. So Clare falling for Dale early, something production had a sense would happen due to conversation with Clare pre-show and them knowing she was into him, this was gonna be their ‘twist’ from this season.”

Steve made sure to add the disclaimer that he could not prove any of these claims, but as Bachelor nation knows, Steve has an uncanny record for being right when it comes to all things Bachelor.

“So the reports that came out during filming of production being caught off guard, Clare putting them in a tough spot, they didn’t know what to do, etc. is all BS,” he continued. “They knew they were bringing in Tayshia to take over as Bachelorette at some point during the season, before filming even started. Clare didn’t put them out by falling for Dale, or screw up production’s schedule. If that were the case, filming would’ve stopped at some point, and Tayshia wouldn’t have been brought there only nine days into filming.”