How Chrishell Stause almost swapped Selling Sunset for The Bachelorette
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How Chrishell Stause almost swapped Selling Sunset for The Bachelorette

Money isn’t a problem for Chrishell Stause, an estate agent on Netflix’s Selling Sunset. However, love was her main priority before she became known on the show – as she almost became The Bachelorette.

Chrishell has told the heart-warming story of being homeless at a young age, and has since turned her life around by selling multi-million homes for the Oppenheim Group, bagging herself an incredible mansion while doing so.

However, things could have been completely different for the reality TV star. She could have gone down the route of dating instead… Yep, the real estate agent could have been The Bachelorette once upon a time.

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Chrishell was almost The Bachelorette

Chrishell Stause almost got the role of The Bachelorette in Season 4, until host Ellen DeGeneres intervened. The news was revealed in the Selling Sunset star’s new book Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work.

She was once set to be the lead lady on the ABC show, until the role was given to someone else, despite her meeting with producers about the potential position. They had even already filmed the packages ready to go out!

However, the Netflix star is totally at peace with how things played out. She told Harper’s Bazaar:

I can see watching the show now. I don’t think whoever I would’ve met at 26 years old on that show would have been my person. It would’ve been a mess. Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with that public mess until much later, when I knew who I was, and I could hopefully handle it a little better.

So while TV was always destined for Chrishell, due to her success on Selling Sunset, perhaps dating would not have gone as well as selling multi-million homes on Netflix. Plus, she dated her boss Jason from the show!

DeAnna Pappas replaced Chrishell

DeAnna Pappas was given the opportunity before then-26-year-old Chrishell’s announcement went public. It came as the ABC star spoke about getting rejected by Brad Womack, the Season 11 Bachelor.

She did an interview with Ellen DeGeneres after Brad’s season, who had decided not to offer a rose or engagement ring to either of his finalists, who were DeAnna and Jenni Croft at the time.

This meant that Chrishell’s plans to become The Bachelorette were pulled. Chrishell wrote in her book:

DeAnna Pappas went on Ellen and talked about getting rejected by Brad, and Ellen declared that DeAnna should be the next Bachelorette. Fans rallied around, the network listened, and my announcement was pulled. I never got the chance to hand out that fateful rose. I was in my mid-twenties at the time, and I was definitely bummed.

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Who was she dating at 25?

Chrishell was engaged to Glee actor Matthew Morrison from December 9th 2006, to 2007. As The Bachelorette Season 4 aired in July 2008, he was the last person to date her before her proposed stint on the show.

Matthew Morrison is known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including playing Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and for his role as Will Schuester on the all-singing series Glee, from 2009 to 2015.

Her next relationship after that was in January 2014, when it was confirmed that Stause and Justin Hartley were dating. However, he filed for divorce in 2019 before she later got into a now-over relationship with Jason Oppenheim.

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