ABC Exec Reveals the Exact Moment They Knew Clare Crawley Had To Be Replaced

The newest season of The Bachelorette is a hot mess with lead Clare Crawley, who, throughout the first few weeks, made it known that she had no interest in any contestant who isn’t Dale Moss.

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And now, we’ll see what exactly happened that caused Clare to abruptly leave the show and be replaced by Tayshia Adams.

We’ve seen the clip of host Chris Harrison telling Clare “you’ve just blown up the Bachelorette,” in the next weeks preview. ABC executive Robert Mills recalled the exact moment when they realized she had to be replaced.

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“At the time, it was sort of controversial,” Robert Mills tells Nick Viall on his The Viall Files podcast. “This is when it was really like, ‘Oh my God, like we’ve really got to start thinking about this.’ When she didn’t give out that rose and just gave it to herself.”

“I felt like I saw that coming. It’s like, ‘Dale’s not on this date, I’m just not going to give a rose.’” Nick replies.


“Right. That was it,” Rob Mills stated. “That was when we started making the call.”

“Those shots with producers that we don’t really like to show, breaking the fourth wall … we had to show that scene, [so] you could see what’s going through Clare’s head,” he explained.

“As the lead, you have moments where you’re like, ‘I’m done, I’m out,’” he continued. “[But production never thought], ‘Oh my God, what if they’ve met this person [early on] and we’ve got to shut this whole thing down.’”

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He also confirmed that there will be a Men Tell All taping in the future.