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A Vanderpump Rules Star Turned Down A Role On The Bachelor

Kristen Doute said she’d just started a new relationship at the time of the offer.

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Vanderpump Rules alum Kristen Doute said no to The Bachelor. On a recent episode of her podcast, Balancing Act, which she co-hosts with boyfriend Luke Broderick, she spoke to Bachelor in Paradise star Joe Amabile, revealing that she was almost part of the Bachelor Nation family.

“When I worked at SUR — way before Vanderpump Rules, way before The Valley, before Housewives of Beverly Hillswhen we didn't even have a liquor license, I was bartending a wine and beer bar, and someone from The Bachelor came in and gave me a card and asked me to be a contestant on it,” she said.

While Doute was tempted by the offer, she ultimately turned the show down as she was already in a relationship. “I had just started dating Tom Sandoval,” she revealed. “I was like, ‘Oh, I don't know, this could be forever.’”

Although she never appeared on the franchise, Doute remains a big fan. “I’ve seen every single season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise,” she confessed.

Former Vanderpump Rules star Kristen Doute. Bravo/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

Doute appeared on Vanderpump Rules for eight seasons (2013-2020), starring alongside Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Lala Kent, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Shay, Jax Taylor, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney, James Kennedy, Brittany Cartwright, and her former boss, Lisa Vanderpump.

In 2020, she was fired from the show following a scandal involving former cast member Faith Stowers.

The Valley Comeback

In June 2023, Variety reported that Doute was set to make her reality TV return in a Vanderpump Rules spinoff alongside former co-stars Taylor and Cartwright. Bravo later announced the spinoff, titled The Valley, which debuted in March 2024. The show follows five couples who are “taking a shot at adulting” in and around the San Fernando Valley.

Along with Doute, Taylor, and Cartwright, The Valley cast includes Luke Broderick, Danny Booko, Nia Booko, Janet Caperna, Jason Caperna, Jesse Lally, Michelle Lally, Jasmine Goode, and Zack Wickham.