The Bachelor alum Daisy Kent has revealed that she feels "relieved" she's not starring on The Bachelorette next season.

Jenn Tran is currently filming The Bachelorette's 21st season, but viewers are well aware Daisy could have been in Jenn's shoes had she wanted the gig to begin with.


Daisy recently said she turned down The Bachelorette role two weeks before taping The Bachelor: After the Final Rose in late March, and during that special, she publicly announced that she wasn't interested in being the franchise's next leading lady.

Daisy was asked if she's changed her mind since then or maybe has regrets about her decision during the April 17 episode of "The Squeeze" podcast, which is co-hosted by actor Taylor Lautner and his wife, also named Taylor Lautner.

"I'm very happy with that decision," Daisy said.

"I think it was the best thing for me, and there's so many things I'm looking forward to doing -- even stuff like this. I think it was meant to happen the way it did for me for a reason, and yeah, I'm happy."

But Daisy went on to admit, "I did wonder though, and I did question... when it was announced how I was going to feel. And I just felt relieved."

Daisy said she also felt relief because Joey Graziadei's The Bachelor season was over and the world finally had confirmation that he picked -- and got engaged to -- Kelsey Anderson.

Daisy finished in second place, but her breakup with Joey was mutual since she had a feeling she wasn't The One for The Bachelor star prior to the Final Rose Ceremony on Season 28.

"I think I felt relieved too because the show was over, everyone knew what actually happened," Daisy said.

"Everyone was saying I was probably going to be the Bachelorette, maybe, and then that was done. I just felt a weight lifted off of me. I was like, 'I can breathe again.'"

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

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, even though four months had passed since Joey's Final Rose Ceremony.

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.

"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 of her choice to turn down The Bachelorette on a recent episode of "The Viall Files" podcast.

"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."

She continued, "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 also 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]."

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

"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 propose marriage to her, and the couple is still together and planning to move to New York City in July or August.


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