When you put yourself out there on a reality show, it’s best to come in with a thick skin. While there are some reality viewers out there sympathetically watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in hopes of earnestly watching the lead fall in love, just as many are watching hoping to see contestants start drama, have emotional breakdowns, or otherwise present their less-than-best selves. All this is to say — winning the universal love of Bachelor Nation fans (and reality TV watchers in general) is damn near impossible. So when we say these are the 10 least popular Bachelorette women in franchise history, let’s keep in mind that even “least popular” still means “cheered on by thousands of fans as she bravely aired her love life on TV.”
After all, there’s something to be said for each and every one of the 15 women who have bravely tried their hand at leading a season of The Bachelorette. Yes, we love a good hell-raising, drama-filled season with outspoken firecrackers like Jojo Fletcher and Kaitlyn Bristowe, but other, less gasp-inducing seasons were touching and genuine in other ways.
For one thing, Trista Rehn, Ashley Hebert, and Desiree Hartsock — all of whom have been deemed “least popular” by fans — are all still married to the men who proposed to them on their season of The Bachelorette. So, there may not have been quite as much crowd-pleasing spectacle, but clearly these ladies took the process seriously and found a real commitment (in fact, maybe future Bachelorettes should take notes).
However you feel about these past ladies, one thing is for sure: We don’t know when we’ll be getting another season of The Bachelorette to add to this ranking. For now, let this ranking inform your rewatching journey — here are the 10 least popular Bachelorettes of all time, ranked from least to most popular.