Warning: Spoilers Below

Clare Crawley may have the shortest run in Bachelorette history, but she’s already received a ton of hate from viewers.

Fans have called her a jerk for seemingly ignoring the guys and for spending way too much time with Dale Moss.

But the truth is, Clare is just the victim of a crappy edit by The Bachelorette producers.

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As Reality Steve previously revealed, the idea for Clare to leave early was not actually hers. The rumors that she was “difficult” to work with, that she was refusing to come out of her room — all lies.

Sources say that, in reality, the show planned for Clare to leave early all along. They planted ideas about Dale in her head the whole time and even started quarantining Bachelorette #2 Tayshia Adams a full nine days before Clare left.

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Clare and Dale

Clare is certainly not the first Bachelor/Bachelorette lead to fall for a contestant early on. Former Bachelor Sean Lowe previously said that he and now-wife Catherine Giudici Lowe started secretly passing love notes at only the third week. And on the recent The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, he revealed that the interviews where he talked about how “excited he was” to go out on dates with the other women were filmed after the show ended and had to be faked.

Former Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher has revealed similar sentiments, admitting that she knew Jordan Rogers was the front-runner from the very first episode.

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It’s not as if Clare Crawley didn’t spend time with the other Bachelorette contestants. She showed interest in getting to know a few of them better and even made out with Blake. If the producers wanted to keep her on, they easily could have faked the suspense like they did in the past and showed her bonding with some of the other guys.

But they didn’t want to do that. Rather, they wanted to ditch Clare and bring in Tayshia to build drama. And, in order for them to do that, they had to make it painstakingly clear that it was love at first sight for Clare and Dale.

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Clare and Blake

Since the show started airing, Clare has been “liking” tweets that say that she was pushed out by producers. Her contract most likely precludes her from speaking out (have you seen how crazy those contracts are?!) but her “liking” those tweets is her sly way of telling us what went down.

Of course, The Bachelorette producers would never admit to such treachery. I can only hope that fans are willing to show Clare a little compassion and understanding.

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