ABC Exec Rob Mills Sets the Record Straight on When Tayshia Adams Was Cast

ABC Exec Rob Mills Sets the Record Straight on When Tayshia Adams Was Cast

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ABC Exec Rob Mills Sets the Record Straight on When Tayshia Adams Was Cast

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As one lady from The Bachelorette exits with her forever, another leading lady is ready to make her debut on a quest to find love.

ABC executive Robert Mills teased Tayshia Adams’ upcoming journey on the reality series — and denied theories that the show pre-planned Clare Crawley’s early exit.

“It is insane,” the head of ABC’s alternative series, specials & late-night programming told Variety after the Thursday, November 5, episode of The Bachelorette. “You just think, ‘Oh my gosh, I swear we didn’t plan this.’”

In August that Clare, 39, stopped filming season 16 of The Bachelorette within the first two weeks of production because she was already head over heels for one of her suitors. After the October 13 premiere, it was clear that Dale Moss was the contestant who stole the hairstylist’s heart. The network subsequently called in Tayshia, 30, to continue the journey with Clare’s contestants.

“We knew on JoJo [Fletcher]’s season that her person clearly was Jordan [Rodgers]. And she definitely knew with Jordan, but she wasn’t ready to stop the show,” Mills said. “She definitely had feelings for a lot of these other guys, and there were some great guys, so I don’t think she was ready until the end. But if she — or anyone else — had said that, I think we have to listen to that. Clare essentially said, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ so how could we not listen to her? She said, ‘When I’m with other guys, all I think about is Dale.’”

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