Kaitlyn Bristowe called the creator of The Bachelor Mike Fleiss a "piece of sh*t" who "hates women." Few stars of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have spoken out against Fleiss, but Bristowe didn't hold back.
After placing third on Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor, Bristowe was one of two women chosen for the eleventh season of The Bachelorette. In the premiere, the men had to vote on who they wanted to keep dating between Bristowe and Britt Nilsson. Bristowe ultimately won out, and she accepted a proposal from Shawn Booth. The two stayed engaged for three years before calling it quits in November 2018. She announced at the start of 2019 that she was dating Jason Tartick, who was the second-runner up on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette. Bristowe and Tartick are together to this day, and there's even engagement talk down the road.
During an appearance on the Talkhouse Podcast (via Us Weekly), Bristowe said Fleiss wouldn't let her compete on Dancing with the Stars. The reason why she couldn't go on the show, she explained, was, "I will say this with a mic in my hand and a smile on my face, that Mike Fleiss is a piece of sh*t! He is the creator of The Bachelor, and he hates women.” This is no surprise in light of his wife's recent domestic abuse accusations that included him demanding that Laura, his spouse, get an abortion and grabbing her and pinning her up against a wall.
While Bristowe could not speak to the details of his past of domestic violence, her own experiences help paint a fuller picture of The Bachelor creator. The former dance instructor said he allowed men to compete on Dancing with the Stars, but barred her and other Bachelorettes from participating. She said, “If you have the option to crush somebody’s dreams or make it happen and you choose to crush their dreams just ‘cause you have, like, a bitterness towards them and I’m just like, ‘What kind of person are you?’” Bristowe believes that by her being vocal about this in the past, it caused Fleiss to green light Hannah Brown being on Dancing with the Stars. She also said that his wife's accusations likely played a part in letting Brown compete, saying, “So he’s like, ‘Look at me! I love women.’
The evidence continues to show that Fleiss, in fact, may not love women. He created a show about one man dating 20-plus women at the same time, and somehow, though acceptable norms have evolved over time, this anachronistic concept has endured. Fortunately, the show continues to change with the times, albeit more gradually than others. Fleiss, it appears, is still stuck in 2002.