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“The Bachelorette” Has Enlisted its Oldest Star at 38

Here’s why that matters.

Clare Crawley will be the next "Bachelorette." | Getty Images
Clare Crawley will be the next "Bachelorette." | Getty Images

If you log onto Twitter at a certain point in the year — “Bachelorette” season — you’ll find a feed full of takes on who should get the final rose, even if you aren’t actually watching the notorious reality show. 

This season's discussion will include a historic development. 

Clare Crawley revealed Monday that she will be the next “Bachelorette” in the show’s 16th season on “Good Morning America.” Crawley, 38, will be the oldest single woman in the ABC franchise’s history at 39 when the season starts on May 18. Regular viewers will remember her from Juan Pablo Galavis’ season 18 of “The Bachelor.” 

During one episode of that season, after Crawley and Galavis ventured into the ocean for an intimate moment, Galavis subsequently guilted her about it, saying he was worried about what his daughter would think. During the finale, Crawley made an unconventional play on the show by essentially quitting during a heated exchange with Galavis that went like this: 

“I lost respect for you,” she told the show’s star. “Because, I’ll tell you what. I thought I knew what kind of man you were.”

Galavis: “Okay.” 

Crawley: “What you just made me go through — I would never want my children having a father like you.” 

Galavis: “Okay.” 

You can watch the full takedown here. Her epic exit came at the end of a season during which Galavis had previously guilted Crawley for an intimate moment both of them shared in the ocean, saying he was worried what his daughter would think. 

With women in their 20s typically filling the show’s roster, fans are ready to see what Crawley will bring to the franchise. After all, it's starting to look more like reality.