‘The Bachelorette’: Why No One Wanted Hannah Brown to be the Bachelorette

Hannah Brown is about to begin her journey as the newest Bachelorette and it’s safe to say that she has some tough shoes to fill. The Bachelorettes are very important to the franchise. They push the season along and make people keep coming back for more week after week.

The Bachelorette has to be interesting and endearing enough to make people want to sit in front of their televisions for two hours every week. Their stories have to be inspiring and tragic enough to make us invest in what happens to them.

Having a dud as a lead can completely ruin a season and since casting for Bachelor in Paradise usually comes partially from The Bachelorette, making a poor choice for Bachelorette can really ruin things for the franchise.

Doubt that Hannah Brown would make a good Bachelorette

As soon as Brown was announced as the newest Bachelorette, fans had mixed reactions. For one, people were concerned that Brown wouldn’t be articulate enough to lead a whole season as she couldn’t even put her words together to make a toast on her one-on-one date with former Bachelor, Colton Underwood.

Even host Chris Harrison, who had a hand in the selection, wasn’t sure if he made the right choice going with Brown.

“Whoever was skeptical after the After the Final Rose special and was scared: I was in that boat,” he recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was scared to death! I left that special thinking, ‘Oh, dear Lord, did we just make a huge mistake?'”

Harrison has since come around to the idea of Brown as the Bachelorette.

“Thankfully, after night one — actually, about an hour into filming that first night — I realized: this was the woman,” he continued. “This was Hannah.”

How does Bachelor nation feel about Brown as the Bachelorette?

Harrison may have come around, but other stars from The Bachelor/Bachelorette worlds have not.

Corinne Olympios, former contestant on both The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise, is one of those people.

“It’s just random. Like, why?” she said to Us Weekly about Brown being the Bachelorette. “It’s, like, there’s nothing there that would have made me be like, ‘I need to see her again on TV. I need to see her find love.’ Like, she wasn’t even someone that I was like, ‘I want her to find love.'”

She continued, claiming that Brown wasn’t all that notable on Underwood’s season of The Bachelor.

“Nobody loved her,” she said. “When you hear someone being the Bachelor or the Bachelorette, it’s someone you loved and felt for on the season.”

Even season 13’s Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay told the outlet that she thought Brown was nice but wasn’t her first choice for Bachelorette.

Who supports Brown as the Bachelorette?

But not all of the reality stars are against Brown as the lead.

Olympios’ former flame, Nick Viall, took to Us Weekly’s Instagram to defend the Alabama native.

“Hannah is going to prove many people wrong,” he wrote under the post of Olympios badmouthing Brown.

Season 11 Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, also came to Brown’s defense on her Off the Vine podcast.

“People are giving her s–t, they’re being so mean to her, [saying] ‘She smiles too much,'” she said. “I’m like, really? That’s what you’re gonna pick her apart for? Smiling too much? What a psychopath! ‘Stop smiling, you psycho!'”

“I’m so sorry that she was chosen as the Bachelorette and you don’t like her for these reasons that don’t make any sense to me, but give her a chance.”

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