Leave it to Kaitlyn Bristowe to call it like it is!
One of America’s all-time favorite Bachelorettes — who found love with Shawn Booth on season 11 of the ABC series — called out The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss this week for allegedly blocking her from appearing on Dancing With The Stars after she handed out her final rose back in 2015.
As you know, this all comes as current Bachelor Nick Viall was announced as a DWTS season 24 cast member — something Miz Bristowe says is proof of how differently Bachelorettes and Bachelors are treated by showrunners.
For a little context: A Bachelorette star has not appeared on the dancing series since Melissa Rycroft, who appeared on season 8 and later won the All-Stars season in 2015. Before her was Trista Sutter, who appeared on the very first season.
As for Bachelors, Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, Chris Soules, and now Nick have been awarded the opportunity.
With that in mind, the 31-year-old took to Twitter this week to call out the injustice, saying:
Actually I was offered it, had the contract & Mike Fliess told me I wasn’t allowed.He said he didnt want people wanting fame after his show├░┼╕┬ñΓÇ¥ https://t.co/nSzricohi4
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) February 27, 2017
Fleiss was clearly unhappy with her response, and he tweeted:
And that’s when Kaitlyn hit ’em with the best response:
As for why she decided to speak out now, the dancer told ET:
“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 [Bachelor creator] Mike [Fleiss] I could not. I was told by Mike that it is bad for his brand, and that he is sick of people wanting fame from his show. I am a dancer and wanted to do it, [my fianc├â┬⌐] Shawn [Booth] wanted me to as well. He even wrote Mike emails. I told Mike it was my passion. I was told Shawn should be my only passion.”
“My hope in speaking out is that future Bachelorettes are given the same opportunity as Bachelors. Whether it be a wedding, to dance, or another show. (Ben [Higgins] had the decision to do dancing or his own show.) Just to be treated the same — to choose whatever will make them happy.”
Are you listening, ABC???
Meanwhile, Kait’s ex Prince Farming told the outlet of the Bachelor/DWTS controversy:
“Honestly, I’ve always known Nick has wanted to do Dancing With the Stars. I even said, ‘I don’t know if they are ever going to let another Bachelor / Bachelorette do it’ after I went for whatever reason, ’cause I was the last one [allowed on]. I had heard Kaitlyn had been blocked doing [it]. I don’t know what happened with Ben [Higgins] and why he didn’t do it ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ but I was a little surprised. I didn’t know if they’d let [Nick] do it. I don’t know why they didn’t let Kaitlyn do it. Some things happen in that world that I don’t understand, I’ll never try to.”
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