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Nobody saw this coming. The new Bachelorette was revealed on Monday, March 2, just one week before the grand finale of pilot Peter Weber’s ongoing (and bumpy) season. The surprising choice of Season 16 Bachelorette made her way over to the Good Morning America studios to reintroduce herself to the American public. (Reintroduce, because it’s been a minute since she’s last appeared on television.)
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Producers decided to give the title of Bachelorette to former Bachelor and repeat spinoff contestant Clare Crawley. Viewers and longtime fans of the show were first introduced to Clare back in 2014, when she appeared on Juan Pablo Galavis’s season of the show. Crawley, 38, broke away from Galavis’s season after an uncomfortable helicopter ride conversation that caused an uproar across the country.
Crawley hinted at the transition and larger than life responsibility by marking her debut as the Bachelorette with a quote by Brene Brown. “Choose courage over comfort. Choose whole hearts over armor. And choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid. At the same time,” she shared via Instagram a week ago.
The Bachelorette lead is oftentimes plucked from the ongoing Bachelor season, as is typically the case in reverse for the Bachelor to be chosen in his position as a finalist on the Bachelorette. Unfortunately, none of Weber’s contestants were remotely frontrunners for the lead role as many were characteristically pegged as unlikeable or unrelatable—sometimes, manipulative.
Producers intentionally wanted to choose someone older, following a theme as seen on Arie Luyendyk Jr. or Nick Viall’s Bachelor seasons. Crawley, of course, was a viable option after unsuccessfully competing for love on the Bachelor and two respective spinoffs this week. She was briefly engaged to Benoit Beausejour-Savard during the Winter Games: World Tells All special.
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