Kaitlyn Bristowe Clarifies Remark That Hannah Brown Doesn’t Deserve Her Own ‘Bachelorette’ Season

Hannah Brown‘s season of “The Bachelorette” starts in just a few hours, but according to Kaitlyn Bristowe, she doesn’t deserve to be the next franchise lead.

During her appearance on Sunday night’s episode of “LadyGang” with hosts Keltie Knight, Jac Vanek and Becca Tobin, Bristowe named Brown as the one Bachelorette who shouldn’t have gotten her own season.

“I really have hyped up her season,” the reality star turned podcaster confessed after fans saw her give well wishes to Brown on last week’s big “Bachelorette” reunion. “I’m just saying that [she doesn’t deserve it] because I don’t know her yet.”

Bristowe later took to social media to clarify her comments after having “an absolute meltdown today due to negative comments, and headlines,” insisting that “Hannah is going to be one of the greatest Bachelorettes in history.”

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As everyone knows, I too am very far from perfect. But this misunderstanding I have to address. As I said in the Bachelorette Reunion, I think Hannah is going to be one of the greatest Bachelorettes in history. I stand by that. She’s unapologetically herself, relatable, and owns the hell out of who she is as a person. I should know by now that editing of a show can cause hate towards me. And I’ve been receiving a lot of that. Sometimes I can brush things off, and I will always admit if I deserve it. But when I’m being accused of bashing other women, I need to explain. I had an absolute meltdown today due to negative comments, and headlines. I just want people to hear this from me. Media will run with stories but this just simply isn’t true. #TheBachelorette

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According to Bristowe, she just “got back in ABC’s good books,” after her public feud with “Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss. In 2017, she called out Fleiss on Twitter for allegedly putting the brakes on her joining “Dancing With the Stars”, claiming he told her that her engagement to then-fiance Shawn Booth should be her priority instead of dancing. She’s spoken out on the topic to ET several times since, explaining that she’d still love to appear on the dancing competition — and continued to talk about it on “LadyGang”.

Bristowe is no longer engaged to Shawn Booth — the two announced their split after three years together last fall — but she still has her Neil Lane engagement ring.

“I don’t care about the ring, which I still have,” she dished. “Two years, we made it past the two-year mark, [so we get to keep it].”

The brunette beauty said she and Booth didn’t discuss whether she or he would hold onto the ring, but she decided she’s going to keep it. “He didn’t pay for it,” she reasoned, before noting she’d rather keep their dog together than the sparkler.

Now, however, Bristowe is happily dating “Bachelorette” alum Jason Tartick, who previously vied for Becca Kufrin’s heart. Though Tartick admittedly doesn’t know the difference between Neil Diamond and Neil Lane, it sounds like their romance just might last.

“Intimidated would be the polar opposite. I’m turned on by how strong she is as a lady,” he gushed during his “LadyGang” appearance via FaceTime.

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“LadyGang” airs Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on E!

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