Daisy Kent has revealed when exactly she told The Bachelor producers that she didn't want to star on The Bachelorette's upcoming 21st season.

Joey Graziadei's The Bachelor season wrapped filming right before Thanksgiving in November 2023.


On The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, which aired live on March 25, Daisy announced how she wasn't interested in being the franchise's next leading lady, and so Jenn Tran was officially announced as the new The Bachelorette star.

Given four months had passed between Daisy's The Bachelor exit and Jenn's The Bachelorette announcement, Daisy revealed when she officially decided that doing The Bachelorette wasn't for her.

"I was very open and honest about it, and very transparent, that I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it," Daisy told Season 21 The Bachelor star Nick Viall during the April 4 episode of his "The Viall Files" podcast.

Daisy revealed "it was two weeks before" After the Final Rose that she made her final decision.

"And they were all super nice and respectful," noted Joey's The Bachelor runner-up.

"They understood all of my reasons, too, and they still want to see me grow and do other things. They said, 'If we can help you in any way, we want to.'"

On After the Final Rose, Daisy shared with The Bachelor franchise host Jesse Palmer how she was not ready to date and needed time to focus on herself.

Daisy, after all, just had a cochlear implant in 2023, and before that, she battled undiagnosed Lyme disease for years and finally sought an aggressive treatment program in Germany.

But since Daisy already had ample time to heal from her breakup with Joey, Nick wasn't sure why Daisy would pass up starring on The Bachelorette.

"My health is an aspect of it. I knew, as the lead, it's a lot on you, not only emotionally but physically too," Daisy explained.

"You're up super late, and it's nonstop. I talked to a lot of past leads when [ABC] was in talks with me, and I just knew from a health point, it would be a lot."

Daisy went on to clarify, "It's also not that I'm not ready to date; it's that I wasn't ready for that specific thing."

"I think coming off the show and doing the show," she continued, "I didn't realize how much of kind of a big thing it is, if that makes sense. I think right now, I just want to live and be happy. I always want to jump at opportunities, but I think this specific opportunity wasn't right for me right now."


Daisy said she was scared of "not getting enough sleep" during The Bachelorette process and essentially struggling through the whole thing.

"I knew they would take care of me, and they made that very evident that they would," Daisy revealed.

"But also, the fact you're hurting other people... I mean, there's usually what -- around 30 people? I can't send everyone home at once, you know what I mean? What if I didn't like them? I don't think I could actually sit there and kiss somebody [I didn't like]."

Nick joked, from experience, that "it's brutal," and then Daisy shared how she definitely "thought really long and hard" about the opportunity before passing on it.

"A lot of it, it wasn't an easy decision. I was wondering after it got announced, how I would feel, and if I'd be like, 'Oh, I wish I would've done it.' But I'm so happy right now that I didn't," Daisy admitted.

"So it feels good. I know I made the right decision for me."

Nick pointed out how many contestants wouldn't have "the guts or the emotional maturity" to turn down an offer like that.

"I think I know when things are getting too much and when it would be too much for me," Daisy explained.

"I'm not someone who easily turns down opportunities, especially something like that, but there's also so much I want to do, and right now, I just felt like it was important that I kind of take control over my life and the path I want to do."

Daisy acknowledged that, overall, there were "a lot of reasons" and "thinking" involved with her decision to skip The Bachelorette.

Daisy apparently arrived at her decision thanks to input from her family and former show leads.

"Some people said, 'It's the hardest thing I've ever done,' but a lot of people were like, 'It's the best thing, too.' No one regretted doing it, but people were like, 'If you're doing it, make sure you're ready.' It just didn't feel right," Daisy shared.


Since Daisy repeatedly said she's not ready for The Bachelorette "right now," Nick asked the Minnesota native if she'd be open to starring on The Bachelorette in 2025 or later -- or if she feels content with letting that go away.

"Right now, I'm content with letting that go away, and I know most people might not understand that," Daisy said. "I think if you were to ask me, even a year ago, 'Do you think this would be a possibility?' I would be like, 'Oh my gosh, 100 percent I'll do it.'"

Daisy shared how people on social media were accusing her of campaigning to be The Bachelorette star while Joey's season was airing.

"And I was like, 'No, it's quite the opposite, actually,'" Daisy said.

But Daisy confirmed her decision wasn't based on trying to prove anyone wrong, adding, "It was definitely just something that was about me."

Daisy also said during a recent appearance on the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast that she probably won't be up for filming Bachelor in Paradise's tenth season this year either.

On The Bachelor's Season 28 finale, Daisy and Kelsey Anderson were Joey's Final 2 bachelorettes in Tulum, Mexico.

After both women met Joey's family and had a final date with him, Daisy predicted that she wasn't going to end up with Joey.

Daisy therefore sought out Kelsey in her hotel room to essentially compare notes about their week.

Daisy admitted to Kelsey that something felt "off" and seemed to be "missing" with Joey during their last date, and so she arguably spoiled the fact that Kelsey was going to be Joey's winner.

The two women then traveled to the Final Rose Ceremony in the same van, and Daisy gracefully bowed out of the competition before Joey could officially dump her.

"Falling in love with you has been so fun and I do love you," Daisy told The Bachelor star at the Final Rose Ceremony. "But the thing is, you're not going to choose me."

Joey immediately broke down into tears, confirming that Daisy's gut instinct was correct.

Daisy told Joey that she realized he wasn't her "person," and she added, "I know that you know I'm not your person. And as much as that hurts, umm, I know you said you want what's best for me, and so I'm going to do what's best for me -- and I'm going to go."

Joey called Daisy "special" and offered to walk her out, but Daisy decided to do that on her own.

"I'm going to miss you," Joey cried.

"I'm going to miss you too," Daisy responded in tears. "I'm pulling for you!"

Daisy then returned to the van, hugged Kelsey, and wished Joey's winner the best.

Joey proceeded to reunite with Kelsey and profess his love to her, and the pair got engaged in Tulum.


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