Why Kelley Flanagan Won’t Be on ‘The Bachelorette’ or ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kelley Flanagan on The Bachelor Season 24 finale

When Kelley Flanagan appeared on Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, the 27-year-old turned a straightforward fan-favorite decide for The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise. Early on, Flanagan obtained actual about her intentions, even calling Weber out for “rewarding the drama.” But even so, she solely made it to Pilot Pete’s closing 5. 

Now Weber and Flanagan are quarantining collectively amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, they insist they not relationship. So would Flanagan do The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise? The tax legal professional not too long ago made it abundantly clear she wouldn’t be part of the forged if the franchise prolonged a suggestion.

Kelley Flanagan reveals why she received’t do ‘The Bachelorette or ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Kelley Flanagan on The Bachelor Season 24 finale
Kelley Flanagan on ‘The Bachelor’ | John Fleenor by way of Getty Images

When talking with Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin on Bachelor Happy Hour podcast, Weber was requested whether or not he thought Madison Prewett, Hannah Ann Sluss, or Flanagan would star in The Bachelorette in the event that they have been requested by producers.

The former bachelor revealed he already requested Prewett and it wasn’t one thing she needed to pursue. Weber additionally speculated Sluss would need to be on the franchise spinoff. But he insisted there was “nothing negative” about it for the reason that mannequin knew the method labored.

Meanwhile, when the topic of The Bachelorette approached Flanagan, Weber merely said, “100 percent no.” Then finally, Flanagan got here round and answered the query herself. 

“Would you ever be the bachelorette?” Weber requested Flanagan. She replied, “No, I think I’m a little too awkward on the show.”

Nevertheless, Lindsay and Kufrin disagreed with Flanagan’s remarks. “Kelley, you would’ve been good [as the bachelorette] because you would have put the men in their place,” Kufrin stated. 

Then Lindsay introduced up Kufrin’s season in addition to her personal, noting their cycles of The Bachelorette weren’t solely centered on drama. “We were kind of like, ‘We’re here to do something.’”

And in response, Flanagan wished The Bachelor franchise would return to the times the place romance mattered. “I think that it’s changed a little bit,” she stated. “In the past couple of years, it’s more drama focused. So can they reverse it and go back to what you guys had?”

Given Flanagan’s feedback, her stance on becoming a member of Bachelor in Paradise received’t come as a lot of a shock. And though it seems she respects the franchise, don’t count on her to seem on any of the spinoffs. 

“I don’t think I’m made for these shows,” Flanagan stated when requested about Bachelor in Paradise. “Hey, I respect it. They’re amazing. But I don’t know how much of a future I have with them.”

Kelley Flanagan calls out ‘The Bachelor’ producers

In an interview with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti’s Almost Famous podcast, Flanagan delved deeper into the producer manipulation on Weber’s season. “With [Peter], I just saw that he has such a good heart and I saw that he was getting manipulated every which way,” Flanagan stated. “And it just kind of pissed me off.”

She continued: “I wasn’t the best contestant for the show and I think everyone knows that. But even with him on the show, I saw him getting manipulated and I’d want to be like, ‘Can you stop? Make your own decisions.’”

Flanagan then detailed what The Bachelor producers did to her relationship with Weber. She stated:

I noticed him take a look at me in another way in comparison with how he did on our one-on-one. And I may inform 100 p.c that producers have been in his head. Because on the one-on-one, nothing occurred between us. But he had this demeanor towards me that was so pissed off. And I used to be taking a look at him like, ‘What the hell were you told?’ Because nothing occurred right here so that you can have this perspective. So proper then and there, I knew one thing was happening behind-the-scenes.

Meanwhile, Flanagan defined what actually occurred when she known as out Weber on their one-on-one date. She accused producers of conserving them aside, even locking her in a closet. At the time, Flanagan advised Weber:

“They don’t let me see you. They locked me up in a closet for three hours last week, and they won’t let me see you. I said, ‘You clearly know they push some people forward and they don’t push others forward. You’ve been in my position before. What do you want me to do?’ I saw … things were getting in his head and he wasn’t able to make his own decisions. And it just kind of pissed me off.”

After Flanagan’s remarks about her expertise, it is sensible why she doesn’t need to return for The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. But on the very least, it appears Flanagan and Weber’s pleased reunion means one thing good got here out of this entire debacle. 

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