Chrishell Stause Was Almost ‘The Bachelorette’ Over 10 Years Ago
Before her breakout spots on Selling Sunset and Dancing with the Stars, Chrishell Stause almost became a lead on The Bachelorette.
Robert Mills, ABC’s Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night Programming, appeared on Nick Viall’s podcast, The Viall Files, and revealed that he once had lunch with her to discuss her becoming the Bachelorette.
“I actually had lunch with Chrishell — this was about 10 or 11 years ago — to talk about being the Bachelorette,” he said to Nick.
Robert shared that the network was looking to do something different for their summer programming and landed on doing a new season of The Bachelorette.
At the time, seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette didn’t alternate.
“There was a time when Bachelorette was sort of done just, like, every so often when they decided to do it,” he said, adding that there were about “four Bachelors for every one Bachelorette.”
A casting director recommended Crishell, who was on All My Children at the time: “We had this incredible lunch, I think it was at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and she was awesome. And I was convinced. I’m like, ‘This is the Bachelorette,'” he said.
However, they ended up giving the gig to DeAnna Pappas, one of the two women sent home by Brad Womack during the season 11 finale of The Bachelor.
Eh, all’s well that ends well.