Kaitlyn Bristowe has called out the creator of "The Bachelor" franchise: Mike Fleiss, for not allowing her to join the "Dancing With The Stars" cast two years ago.
After rumors circulated that Nick Viall (who is now a confirmed contestant on DWTS) was going to be on the dance show, Kaitlyn went on a rant about how she had been offered a contract from the show, but Mike Fleiss wouldn't allow her to compete.
Kaitlyn explained what happened in a statement to Entertainment Tonight saying:
"I believe men and women should be afforded the same opportunities," she said. "That has not been the case with The Bachelorettes and The Bachelors. I had an offer to do Dancing With the Stars and was told by [Bachelor creator] Mike [Fleiss] I could not. I was told by Mike that it is bad for his brand, and that he is sick of people wanting fame from his show."
"I am a dancer and wanted to do it, [my fiancé] Shawn [Booth] wanted me to as well," she continued. "He even wrote Mike emails. I told Mike it was my passion. I was told Shawn should be my only passion."
"My hope in speaking out is that future Bachelorettes are given the same opportunity as Bachelors," said Bristowe. "Whether it be a wedding, to dance, or another show. (Ben [Higgins] had the decision to do dancing or his own show.) Just to be treated the same, to choose whatever will make them happy."
Mike Fleiss is insiting that he had no problem with letting Kaitlyn be on the show to which Kaitlyn responded “Thanks I’ll get right not that opportunity 2 yrs ago. I wonder what changed your mind?”
Preach it girl 🙌