Every season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is filled with ups and downs. From leading men or women finding out that their contestants aren’t there for the right reasons to calling it quits with someone they really cared about, the reality show is a roller coaster of emotions, to say the least.
However, Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette — which premiered on October 13 — was one for the books. The blonde beauty, 39, made history as the oldest Bachelorette and was so serious about finding her other half that she didn't put up with any nonsense.
In fact, after Brandon Goss couldn’t come up with a reason as to why he was happy Crawley was the leading lady, she sent him packing. After Zach Johnson seemingly got nervous about kissing the hairstylist, she got a weird feeling and decided they were not meant to be.
Some people even came at Crawley for being unfair to the guys and not appreciating her attitude. "I think anybody who's been on the show … knows that it is hard," DeAnna Pappas told Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti during their "Almost Famous" podcast about her pal. "She's just been put through the wringer and the things that people are saying about her and about her life and stuff online can just be really hurtful."
"I just feel bad for her because, I feel like in a period of time where this should be really joyful for her and this should be a really great experience and probably one of the most exciting things that she will go through, it has not been that for her," she added.
Fortunately, Crawley blazed her own trail and followed her heart. After rumors swirled that Crawley quit the show or was forced out, viewers finally got to see the real story unfold during the Thursday, November 5, episode of the ABC series.
But this isn't the only time that the star of the show has wanted to leave the series altogether. Scroll through the gallery below to find out who else wanted to give up on finding love.
Colton Underwood walked away from the show — literally. “In that moment I was gone. There was no Bachelor,” he told Entertainment Tonight about his infamous fence jump. “I just needed to be by myself. There was nobody on the other side of that fence, so I needed to get out and just get gone.”
“I was gone for a while, and in that moment, I quit,” he told The Hollywood Reporter of that pivotal moment. “I didn’t want to be the Bachelor anymore.”
Fortunately, Underwood took a second and realized he wanted to pursue a relationship with Cassie Randolph (though things recently got messy between the two). The athlete said goodbye to his top two ladies, Hannah Godwin and Tayshia Adams.
Nick Viall couldn’t pinpoint one moment where he wanted to leave the reality series, but he did recall that it was something that crossed his mind while filming.
"There were certainly moments where I wanted to quit. It's a stressful situation," he told Entertainment Tonight. "The producers can select 30 amazing women or 30 amazing men, and they might not be your person. ...That's the stresses of being the lead, the pressures of the expectation. ... What if my person's not in this group? It's a truly terrifying situation at times."
After Hannah Brown showed up during his season, Peter Weber contemplated just calling it quits and leaving the show with her, since he still had feelings for her. “I definitely considered quitting the show in that moment,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I know that sounds absolutely crazy insane.”
The two had an honest conversation about what they were feeling, but ultimately, Weber decided to give the other ladies a chance and get over Brown for good.
The blonde beauty considered leaving the show after she got into a big fight with Luke Parker during their one-on-one date. The Alabama native traveled to Latvia and told Chris Harrison that she wanted to give up.
“I don’t know if I will get there,” she said on the episode about her feelings for the guys. “I see that there are relationships here that like, really could be it for me. But I’m not going to settle and just go into something if it’s not where it needs to be.”
Ultimately, Brown decided to continue filming. “I have really lost a lot of hope, but I’m still holding onto knowing that there has got to be good that comes out of this,” she said. “It’s hard, but I don’t give up. I’m going to complain about it … but I’m going to see this thing through until the end.”
Ali Fedotowsky didn’t get along with one of them from her season, and she wanted him off the show. However, the producers didn’t allow that to happen. “I didn’t like one of the guys and I wanted to send him home and the producer wouldn’t let me at the time,” she told Brit + Co. “So she was like, ‘No, you can’t send that guy home! That’s not how this works! You have to wait until the rose ceremony.’ So, I was just like, ‘Ugh, fine.’ And I got really mad and I almost quit.”
Rachel Lindsay found a connection with Eric Bigger, Peter Kraus and Bryan Abasolo, during her season, which actually made things more difficult for her. “I connected with each guy and that made this so hard,” she told Us Weekly. “Honestly, I wanted to quit and run away rather than proceed.”
While Crawley didn’t almost quit — she actually left the show — it’s worth noting that she pursued a relationship with Dale Moss to find love. Luckily, things worked out for her since the two are still happily engaged!
"I did not quit the show," she told Entertainment Tonight in October. "I stayed the whole time, I went, I did what I was going to do there. I showed up, I didn't quit anything."