Kaitlyn Bristowe has revealed what she would have done differently if she had hosted Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia's season of The Bachelorette instead of Jesse Palmer.

Kaitlyn co-hosted The Bachelorette's seventeenth and eighteenth seasons starring Katie Thurston and Michelle Young, respectively, alongside Tayshia Adams, but ABC opted to hire Jesse, a sports analyst and former The Bachelor star, for Season 19 after he guided Clayton Echard on his journey to find love on the franchise earlier this year.


Jesse's first serious conversation with one of the Bachelorettes, Rachel, aired on the latest episode in which he advised the flight instructor to keep moving forward after rejection and set her eyes on the prize of a potential engagement with the right man at the end of her journey.

"I think Jesse is incredible. I love him as a human being. I love him as a host. He is doing the perfect amount of like, appearing in there," Kaitlyn, 37, said on Tuesday's episode of Us Weekly's "Here for the Right Reasons" podcast.

"It's hard... He has been in the position of being the Bachelor, so he gets it. But we got that little taste of a woman understanding another woman's insecurities and being able to validate them."

When thinking about how she would've handled that emotional chat with Rachel following Logan Palmer's decision to switch "teams" and pursue Gabby instead, Kaitlyn revealed, "I think I just would have tried to adjust Rachel's crown a little more."

"[I would've] been like, 'You are a goddess, and these men are here for you. And even if there was just one Bachelorette, the guys don't have a choice. It's confusing to these guys that they are that meant to, like, not think about this other woman. You find out who really is there for you. It's a little bit of a blessing, so hang on to those ones and show those ones all of the love and respect that are there for you.'"

Logan had accepted multiple roses from Rachel while he was experiencing lingering feelings for Gabby, which rubbed salt in Rachel's wounds. (Earlier in the season, at the third Rose Ceremony, three men had turned down roses from Rachel in the hope of getting a chance to date Gabby.)


But Kaitlyn noted, "I still think Jesse walked in and did a great job at being, like, 'You can't be a perfect Bachelorette.' And he's so right. But I don't know if I would have done anything differently. I do love that they have each other because they have such a beautiful friendship."

Kaitlyn told Us how she's very invested in the franchise, despite her disappointment in Season 19, after hosting for two seasons and seeing all of the effort behind the scenes.

"I got to see a little bit more of, like, the hard work that gets put into the show, the amount of people that care. I saw producers crying when people got hurt," Kaitlyn said.

"There's people away from their families... Camera crews, so many times that just, like, put their heart and soul into the show. And I have to remember that when watching because at the end of the day, it is a TV show, and they make good TV. But of course, I have opinions."

Kaitlyn has publicly vented about how she "f-ckkkkin hates" watching this Bachelorette season with two female leads dating the same men and it's "humiliating."

Kaitlyn believes Rachel and Gabby deserved their own individual seasons, and she reiterated on the podcast how she has "mixed feelings" about the current format.

"I started off being really angry watching it and frustrated and feeling like the show was going backward," Kaitlyn explained.

Kaitlyn was clearly recalling her time on Season 11 of The Bachelorette in 2015, when she had to face off against Britt Nilsson for the leading role in a very competitive atmosphere.


Kaitlyn and Britt's bachelors only had one night to get to know both women before they were asked to vote for which woman they'd like to continue dating. Kaitlyn received the most votes and ended up becoming the solo The Bachelorette star while Britt got sent home immediately.

"I love that you're saying, 'We're going to show a beautiful female friendship that's empowering.' Love that. But there's no chance that it's not going to end with them getting pitted against each other," Kaitlyn reasoned.

"Whether that's planned or not, it's going to happen because you've got two really incredible, beautiful, intelligent women up there."

The former Dancing with the Stars winner pointed out how the new twist is "a recipe for heartbreak," insisting that it's going to "get messy" no matter what.

"I don't want the girls to ever compare themselves to one another. And as the season went on, I could see that happening," Kaitlyn explained.

"So again, I got frustrated, but I also wanted to try and look at it through a different lens and say like, 'Oh, my gosh, I hate this.'"

"But if Gabby and Rachel love this," she continued, "and they actually, like, are leaning on each other and communicating and saying, 'I'm so glad I had her there during this,' then I can't really, you know, poopoo on it if it's working for them."

Kaitlyn shared how she has to "really compartmentalize" Gabby and Rachel's separate relationships as individual Bachelorettes.

"[I have to] kind of tuck my own insecurities away of how, maybe, triggering it is for me to watch since I was compared to another woman on my season," Kaitlyn admitted.

While Kaitlyn apparently can't stand two women sharing one The Bachelorette season, Rachel and Gabby have insisted in recent interviews they wouldn't have had it any other way.

Rachel and Gabby have been very outspoken about how they never felt they were competing against each other for men. 

"It was so nice to have somebody else, a true friend, go through it with you. Watching the criticism back and seeing it online, it's not that surprising, but it's almost like, 'Oh, you guys are kind of missing the point,'" Gabby told The Hollywood Reporter in a joint interview with Rachel.

And Rachel recently told Us, "Gabby and I never felt like having our boys in two separate parts of the boat pitted us against each other. We always had open communication. We always put each other first."

"So as far as what anyone thinks about it being a competition, it's really coming from them and not us," Rachel concluded.


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About The Author: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.