So, Caila Quinn will not be handing out roses after all.
Caila, the brunette cutie from "The Bachelor," was commonly thought to be cast as the next "Bachelorette," as was reported by multiple reliable media outlets.
Not so fast, my friends!
On the March 14 "After The Final Rose" special, it was revealed that JoJo Fletcher will actually get the gig, much to the surprise of many.
Caila, though, couldn't have been more classy about the move.
"Congratulations to these beautiful girls!" she captioned a throwback photo of JoJo and eventual winner, Lauren Bushnell, which she posted in the early morning hours of March 15. "Sending love as the journey isn't over, it's only just beginning."
Us Weekly said "The Bachelor" producers pulled a "last-minute switcheroo," while still maintaining that Caila was initially offered the gig. In fact, paparazzi photos showed that Caila had recorded her introductory package earlier this month to star as the 12th "Bachelorette."
The sudden change allegedly came as fans gravitated to JoJo after "Bachelor" Ben Higgins told both she and Lauren "I love you." Lauren, though, was the one who got the $95,000 ring.
Ben previously acknowledged that he put Lauren "through hell."
Ben sat next to the soon-to-be Bachelorette and the girl he left heartbroken when "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison revealed the news.
"Congratulations!" he told JoJo as the crowed roared in agreement.
"I mean, guys, I'm so excited," she said, to which Ben added, "She's very deserving."
Later, Ben and his bride-to-be said they would definitely be watching as JoJo takes the reigns of the show (side note to potential suitors: Just watch out for her brothers.)
One day after the show aired, Ben told Good Morning America he would gladly offer advice to JoJo about how to handle the job.
"I have a lot of things I would tell whoever does this next. One of those is to be open to really any opportunity that presents itself during the show right," he said. "Situations are going to come up that you don't know how to react and sometimes there's not a right or wrong answer and you just kind of have to go off your gut."
He continued, "I would also tell JoJo it can work. I think that's something that's exciting and makes it worth it, but it's not always easy."
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