Dancing with the Stars
has seen several stars from Bachelor Nation appear on the series throughout years. Almost all the crossover contestants have been from The Bachelor
though, not The Bachelorette
. Trista Sutter, the very first Bachelorette
competed on Dancing with the Stars
in the very first season. Melissa Rycroft, who infamously is both the winner and the runner-up of Jason Mesnick's season, was on Dancing with the Stars
seasons 8 and 15 but that's all when it comes to the ladies. Everyone else has been a Bachelor
lead. According to a recent US Weekly interview
the reason for the missing ladies isn't because Bacheloerette
don't want to appear on the show, they have been stopped by contracts and producers.
The controversy began to swirl shortly after Nick Viall was announced to be on the current season of Dancing with the Stars
. Kaitlyn Bristowe, who was one of the two stars for whom Nick competed for on The Bachelorette
, disclosed on her Twitter account
that she was supposed to be on Dancing with the Stars
producer Mike Fleiss put a stop it to however.
In a later interview
Kaitlyn clarified, "I believe men and women should be afforded the same opportunities. That has not been the case with the Bachelorettes and the Bachelors. I had an offer to do Dancing With the Stars
and was told by Mike [Fleiss] I could not.... My hope in speaking out is that future Bachelorettes are given the same opportunity as Bachelors."
Fleiss responded to Kaitlyn's claims in his own Twitter post writing that the former lead has his full support to appear on Dancing with the Stars.
It's not just Kaitlyn who is speaking out either. The most recent star of The Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher has admitted that she was almost on Dancing with the Stars. JoJo wanted to appear "but some contractual things kinda got in the way."
JoJo didn't slam Mike Fleiss like Kaitlyn or even name him as the reason that stopped her appearing on the reality show. JoJo did explain that she thinks that the stars of The Bachelorette are being barred from Dancing with the Stars because of the assumption is that they want to work on their new relationships after the show ends. "You would think that [be the reason], but then why would the Bachelor be able to do it?" Fletcher replied. "So I think there might be [a gender-based reason]. I don't know. You know?"
"If it's a decision that [the Bachelorette is] making and their partner supports it, then let them do it," JoJo added." You know, if your relationship fails because of Dancing With the Stars, it's not because of Dancing With the Stars. If your relationship is strong, it's gonna last no matter what."
The whole situation sounds rather messy but if Kaitlyn and JoJo are correct, it's also rather ridiculous. It's true that Dancing with the Stars typically airs between seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette so it's a nice way for ABC to have some reality TV synergy. One series can lead perfectly into another but if a Bachelorette or a famous Bachelor contestant wants to compete they should be allowed.
The Bachelor is the flagship show of Bachelor Nation. It is easily the most popular and it is even arguable that is the best one comparing it to its spin-offs The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. The Bachelor is only so successful because of his female contestants. It's much easier to name memorable and lovable Bachelor contestants and Bachelorette stars than it is to do the same Bachelor leads. Nick Viall's season of the show would have been nothing without villain Corinne. The ladies of the franchise should get as much spotlight, if not more, than the men after the show wraps.
But what do you think? Is it a misunderstanding? Is it a gender reason holding Bachelorette stars from appearing on DWTS? Is something else to blame?
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