Clare Crawley joined Bachelor Nation in 2014 when she competed on The Bachelor season 18. She finished as the runner-up after tearfully walking away from Juan Pablo Galavis in St. Lucia on the finale. The hairstylist from Sacramento, California, later competed on Bachelor in Paradise seasons 1 and 2 before getting engaged to Benoit Beauséjour-Savard on The Bachelor Winter Games in 2018. They called it quits that April but remain close friends.
ABC named Crawley as the season 16 Bachelorette in March 2020, making her the oldest lead in franchise history. She will be 39 when filming begins.
The season, originally set to film in March, was pushed back to May due to the coronavirus pandemic. Less than two weeks into filming, Crawley exited the show as she found love with one of her suitors. Bachelor Nation’s Tayshia Adams was brought in as a replacement Bachelorette.