‘The Bachelorette’: Why Bachelor Nation Is Calling Clare Crawley a Hypocrite

While ABC has yet to comment on The Bachelorette drama, several sources have stated that Clare Crawley is no longer in the lead role and Tayshia Adams (from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise) is stepping in. Reportedly, Crawley fell in love with one of her contestants just two weeks into filming (they apparently had been talking prior to meeting up in Palm Springs). Now, some of Bachelor Nation is being critical of Crawley for breaking “the rules” of the franchise.

Clare Crawley on 'The Bachelor Winter Games'
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Why ‘Bachelorette’ fans are criticizing Clare Crawley

On April 25, Crawley took to Twitter to instruct her contestants to “respect the rules,” seemingly because she felt some of her future suitors were fame-seeking in the interim between when production got shut down due to COVID-19 and when filming began.

“Respect the opportunity you’ve been given. Respect the rules. Respect me,” she wrote.

Some fans feel Crawley’s speaking to and getting to know a contestant prior to filming is breaking the rules.

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“The issue is Clare claimed there were rules and was upset people weren’t respecting them,” tweeted one fan.

Additionally, some fans are upset that Crawley went on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast and spoke about how she was beginning her journey with an open mind and open heart.

“She went on Bachelor Happy Hour podcast right before and said how open minded she was and not going to rush anything blah blah blah…all while she was [texting] with Dale LOL,” one fan wrote.

Reality Steve reminds Bachelor Nation that there are no rules

Reality TV blogger and Bachelor Nation expert Reality Steve took to Twitter to defend Clare.

“Wanted to address some of the current sentiment regarding Clare and ‘Bachelorette’ filming because I’m not understanding the hate she’s getting. First off, no one knows EXACTLY what’s going on right now. We have an idea, but not many details. That’s first and foremost…” he began.

“But the one thing I keep hearing over and over again is Clare getting torched bc of her tweet back in June telling her guys to ‘…respect the rules. Respect me’ but now from what we’re hearing, people think that’s hypocritical of her now that she’s ended her season for one guy,” Steve continued.

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The blogger tweeted that “there are no ‘rules’ per se,” and that “if there EVER were, they were thrown out the window the minute COVID hit and postponed her season.” Crawley is the first bachelorette to have the opportunity to see who her cast is before filming.

Steve also gave examples of other contestants who got on the show after having already met the leads. Kelley Flanagan on Peter Weber’s season. “Liz on Nick’s season,” and “Lauren had met Arie a couple months before his season.”

“The ONLY way Clare is in the wrong here is if the show specifically told her when production shut down in March ‘Don’t talk to any guys and report any that contact you,’ which, I don’t see them doing. I just think they said nothing and whatever happened happened,” he tweeted.

Currently, there’s still a lot of information missing regarding what’s really happening at La Quinta. We’re just going to have to wait for Crawley/Adams’ season of The Bachelorette to find out how everything transpired.

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