Fans of The Bachelorette saw Clare Crawley leave Thursday night. They also saw Tayshia Adams come in to replace her as the lead. This is the first time this has ever happened in franchise history. Now, Robert Mills, senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late-night programming at ABC Entertainment is giving new details about when production knew they needed to replace Clare.
The decision to replace Clare with Tayshia
Variety spoke with Mills to get the dirt on exactly when production knew they needed to replace Clare. Recall that Tayshia was interviewed for the lead before Clare was picked. While everyone loved her, they decided to go with Clare. However, when it became obvious how hard Clare was falling for Dale Moss they knew something might have to be done.
Mills said, “There really wasn’t the luxury of time, so it was really instinctual. We had gotten to know the guys.” He continued, “The guys felt a little spurned that they’re going all in for Clare. They’ve left their jobs to be there, they’ve quarantined there, it’s insanely hot in Palm Springs, and they never really had a chance because Clare only had eyes for one guy. You just go with instinct at that point.”
They all began to worry a bit when Clare announced she thinks she just met her husband. Mills said they ensured Chris spoke to her about it. Then, after she gave Dale the first impression rose they were still a bit concerned. However, after that they thought she was forming other connections as well.
They knew it was starting to be all about Dale when Clare insisted he be on the first group date. And, Mills said the chemistry was obvious. And, Mills admits it was episode 3 when they really started to think about what would happen if Clare wanted to leave with Dale.
All about Dale
Producers saw pretty early on that Clare was all about Dale. However, episode 3 revealed plans needed to be put in motion. Mills said, “At that point, the producers started discussing like, “What would happen if she wants to leave with Dale?” And that’s when the producers thought that maybe we should reach out to Tayshia.”
Once they knew Clare was done they had to wrap it up so she could have her conclusion. Mills said, “We had to proceed as if this is ending soon after these three-and-a-half weeks, and then we’re going to bring in Tayshia and roll the dice. Clare had her one-on-one and had her overnight, and that was it. We just had to figure out how to [get] Neil Lane in the bubble and get that ring here.”
And, Mills is well aware of all the rumors that circulated around. He denies the situation was planned.
As everyone can see via social media, Clare and Dale are doing great. He also said fans would still be seeing Clare. They didn’t send her out of the bubble. They kept her there to spend time with Dale but also so nobody would know she was done as The Bachelorette.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) November 6, 2020
Mills said Tayshia was very open to meeting the men. And, in all honesty he didn’t think they were all that different. They had to work quickly to rework the dates to fit Tayshia and not Clare, but Mills says that just proved how amazing their producers are.
When asked about what goes down during her part of the season Mills says, “It’s just as emotional as Clare’s, but in a totally different way. Tayshia really allowed herself to fall in love with multiple guys. It’s always such a roller coaster. At the end, there are a lot of heartbreaking, devastating moments. There’s not really a villain. It’s more like, ‘I want her to end up with him. Wait no, I want her to be with this guy!'”