That’s one way to bring closure to a relationship.
Cassie Randolph turned down an offer to appear on Colton Underwood’s new Netflix streamer Coming Out Colton. According to an exclusive report in Variety, producers from the new reality series offered compensation to have an on-camera sit-down chat with Underwood. Sources said Randolph turned down the offer, however, saying she instead wants to move on from that chapter in her life and has no interest in being associated with the former NFL practice squad player.
Two different sources reported Randolph was approached by producers of Coming Out Colton to appear on the show. The idea was that she would join Underwood in a filmed sit-down where her former boyfriend would discuss his sexuality as well as his past mistakes in their relationship.
The pair have a rocky history together. Underwood first appeared on The Bachelorette as a contestant during season 14 in 2018, on Bachelor in Paradise season four, and was the lead for season 23 of The Bachelor in 2019. While he gave his final rose to Randolph, he didn’t offer a wedding proposal and the pair famously broke up. Randolph later slapped Underwood with a restraining order after he allegedly stalked her (though she eventually dropped the order).
“It’s not who I am as a human being, and it’s not how I carry myself,” he told Variety on the topic in May. “If there was anything I could do to take more ownership, I would. But also, out of respect to her, I don’t want to get into the details. I want this interview to be the last time I address her, because it’s not fair for her to have her name in articles every time I talk. I’m sorry, and I want her to know that I hope she has the best, most beautiful life.”
Despite his desire to drop the matter, Underwood raised the issue again on the set of Coming Out Colton, premiering today on Netflix.
“There’s only so much that I can do in regards to the Cassie of it all,” Variety quotes Underwood saying on-camera in the Netflix streamer. “Legally, I can’t talk about it and the only person I have to blame is myself.”
The former NFL practice squad player publicly came out as gay in an interview earlier this year, saying the pandemic had given him time to acknowledge and embrace his sexuality.
“For me, I've run from myself for a long time, I've hated myself for a long time and...I'm gay,” Underwood revealed. “I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing all of that. The next step in all of that is been letting people know.”
Last month, Underwood said he thought the country was ready for an LGBTQ+ cast or season lead on the Bachelor franchise.
“As far as a LGBTQ+ cast I really don't know. I would hope. I really would,” Underwood told Entertainment Tonight. “I think it would work. I do think if people gave it a shot, the show could work. I do think, I truly believe that America is ready for it, too.”