×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘The Bachelorette’: Who Is ABC’s Leading Lady for Season 15?

ABC has selected their next leading lady to be “The Bachelorette” for Season 15: Hannah B.

Hannah Brown, who was a standout contestant on Colton Underwood’s season of “The Bachelor” was announced as “The Bachelorette.” On “After the Final Rose” following Underwood’s finale, Brown met the first group of her potential suitors, ahead of the spring premiere of “Bachelorette.”

Here, ABC executive Rob Mills talks to Variety about selecting Hannah B. as the next “Bachelorette.” Plus, which other women were under consideration — and will any of them appear on “Bachelor In Paradise?”

Why did you choose Hannah B. as “The Bachelorette” for Season 15?

She just was somebody who came in and was really kind of great and had a very different energy that we’ve seen from a “Bachelorette.” It sort of goes back to Colton where he wasn’t the guy who got his heart put in a blender necessarily — he was certainly sad about Becca, and even the Tia situation, but he was just a guy who was still looking for someone. With Hannah B., I think her exit with Colton was really refreshing where she basically said, “I don’t want you to keep me around because I want someone who thinks I’m great and thinks of me and only wants me.” That was kind of interesting. I think she also obviously has a fun side, which she showed.

What type of Bachelorette do you expect Hannah B. to be?

I think she’s going to be a take-no-sh-t “Bachelorette,” to be honest, and that’s something you really look for because you want someone who if one of the guys comes on with a girlfriend, she is going to react, sort of the way that Emily Maynard [Season 8 of “The Bachelorette”] did when Kalon referred to her daughter as baggage. All of our best “Bachelorettes” have in common that they’re really strong like that. I think that’s what is going to be entertainment. I think she’s going to go out and get what she’s worth.

Was it a tough decision, or did you know it would be Hannah B. all along?

It was a five-way tie. There were a lot of women we spoke to for this, and they all would have been great Bachelorettes. It wasn’t that anyone was better than the other. All of these women are amazing, and obviously we want everyone to be on “Bachelor In Paradise,” if they’re not selected to be “The Bachelorette.” But obviously, we are very excited about Hannah B.

Who else did you consider for “The Bachelorette” before making the final decision?

Obviously we talked to everyone in the final four. We also talked to Demi, as well. This season, especially, they were all such distinct personalities that they all really cut through. It was great to see such strong women this season.

Why did you decide not to go with Demi? I think that would have made a lot of noise, had you chosen Demi to be the “The Bachelorette.”

I think it would have made a lot of noise, too. This was a really tough decision. Demi even said, “If it’s not me, it should be Hannah B.” They have a lot of the same qualities. I hope we’ll see Demi on “Bachelor In Paradise” because I think she’s great. I could make an argument for so many of these women to be “The Bachelorette.” The women on this season were so incredibly strong that it’s so hard. Part of me wishes we were doing eight seasons of “The Bachelorette,” and that’s why I’m so happy we have “Bachelor In Paradise.”

So, will we see the final four and Demi on “Bachelor In Paradise?”

I hope so. “Bachelor In Paradise” does give them a second chance at love, and you can have an iconic love story. Some of our most beloved couples in Bachelor Nation are Carly and Evan, Jade and Tanner, and Ashley I. and Jared. This show has evolved that just because you’re not the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” it doesn’t mean you’re not going to be one of the couples on Bachelor Nation Mount Rushmore.

Would you ever look outside the current pool of contestants and cast someone totally fresh and new for “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette?”

We haven’t. There usually just isn’t enough time because we literally start filming this weekend. But we have talked about that for “Bachelor” and we would certainly talk about it for “The Bachelorette,” as well.

More TV

  • Kacey Musgraves poses in the press

    CMA Awards: What Kacey, Maren, Garth, Blake and Dan + Shay Had to Say Backstage

    Backstage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, CMA Awards winners, performers and presenters came back to meet the press after their appearances, including Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Ashley McBryde and Luke Combs. Garth Brooks was named entertainer of the year for the seventh time, and during his acceptance speech, he [...]

  • Killing Eve Sandra Oh Jodie Comer

    SAG Awards: How High-Profile TV Ensembles Increase Individual Performer Category Competition

    While this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards saw categories dominated by multiple performers from the same show (think “Game of Thrones,” which had at least one player represented in each major drama acting category, as well as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Fleabag,” whose on-screen talent nabbed spots in almost all the comedy categories), that trend [...]

  • BROOKLYN NINE-NINE -- "Honeymoon" Episode 601

    ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Renewed for Season 8 at NBC

    NBC has handed an early renewal to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Season 7 of the cop comedy isn’t set to premiere until Feb. 6 2020, but the network has already seen fit to order an eighth season.  During season 6 (its first on NBC after being canceled by Fox in 2018), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” averaged a 1.2 rating [...]

  • Ted Sarandos - Netflix

    Ted Sarandos Says Disney Plus Launch Changes 'Nothing' for Netflix

    Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos claims he’s not getting distracted by huge competitors — like Disney — rumbling into the company’s streaming turf. The exec was asked what has changed for Netflix with the Nov. 12 launch of Disney Plus, which the Mouse House boasted as having signed up over 10 million users so [...]

  • Kristen Stewart Actors on Actors

    Kristen Stewart Reveals She Loves 'Naked and Afraid': 'That Is High-End Reality TV'

    Kristen Stewart (“Seberg”) loves “Naked and Afraid” and wondering what shoes smell like. Stewart discussed her tastes in reality TV and interest in Shia LaBeouf’s (“Honey Boy”) shoes during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” LaBeouf began the interview by asking Stewart what she likes to watch in her free time. LaBeouf mentioned [...]

  • Lilly Burns Tony Hernandez

    Jax Media Soars by Amplifying Unique Voices of Auteur TV

    Jax Media has emerged during the past few years as one of television’s busiest and buzziest production companies. The New York-based company headed by four partners — Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns, John Skidmore and Brooke Posch — has an enviable track record of scouting new voices and executing stylish shows on a less-than-stratospheric budgets. The [...]

  • Variety New Leaders in TV

    Late Night Execs and Content Producers Among Variety's New Leaders in TV

    Every year, Variety seeks to identify the next generation of leaders in the entertainment business, looking for representatives in the creative community, film, TV, music and digital. This year’s group has a heavy New York focus: We selected executives from forward thinking companies such as Spotify, Group Nine and Endeavor Audio, as well as writers [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content