Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft admitted that she tried to return for reality TV on Real Housewives of Dallas but didn’t make the cut.
Melissa is based in Dallas so a fan suggested on social media that she join the reality TV series Real Housewives of Dallas during a fan Q&A on her Instagram story.
This is when Melissa confessed that she had already tried.
“I’ve been interviewed and turned down twice… I am so NOT Housewife material!” Melissa replied.
The current cast of RHOD includes Brandi Redmond, Stephanie Hollman, D’Andra Simmons, Dr. Tiffany Moon, Kameron Westcott and Kary Brittingham.
It would’ve been interesting to see which women Melissa would’ve gotten along with and who she would’ve clashed with, but it seems we’ll never find out.
What other reality TV series Melissa appeared on?
One impressive Dallas team that Melissa was able to make the cut for was the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She was even able to get on another reality series through the team titled Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.
This was before she appeared on The Bachelor.
According to her IMDb page, other reality TV credits aside from the ones previously mentioned include spinoff series Bachelor Pad, Melissa & Tye, and Dancing With the Stars.
Melissa’s time on The Bachelor
Melissa’s experience on The Bachelor was one of the most memorable heartbreaks in the entirety of of Bachelor history.
Melissa competed on Jason Mesnick’s season of The Bachelor and ended up making it all the way to the end.
Jason proposed to her and they started their engagement off the show in a long-distance relationship.
However, Jason stunned her and the rest of Bachelor Nation when he confessed that he still had feelings for his runner-up, Molly Malaney.
The move was so shocking that when it happened again, The Bachelor fans labeled it “pulling a Mesnick,” and has happened a couple more times throughout the course of Bachelor history.
Melissa recently spoke on the blindside breakup when Jason’s season of The Bachelor aired on the 2020 special The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever.
Melissa spoke one-on-one with Chris Harrison on the experience.
“I’ve still never seen my season of ‘The Bachelor.’ I’ve still never seen that infamous ‘After the Final Rose.’ I’ve seen clips and stuff, but it’s weird. I’ll be honest, it’s just really surreal,” she expressed. “It feels like a lifetime ago. It feels like I was a different person then, so when I see the different clips and I hear people talk, it almost makes me cringe.”
She also spoke on how the relationship became strained after the show ended, but she had no idea that it was because he still had feelings for Molly.
“You go back home and the weirdest part in particular for me is that I went on this huge journey. I went and I met Jason and I fell in love and got engaged, and then things started going not well with Jason and I,” she said. “When we didn’t see each other and our relationship was strictly long distance and by phone, he was different. It was weird.”
“The one person I should’ve been able to talk to about it, which was Jason, I felt like I didn’t have,” she shared.
She then found out that he and Molly had been talking from a former costar, Jillian Harris. However, Melissa didn’t see it as an issue prior to the sudden breakup.
Melissa added, “I never thought it was anything beyond him ‘checking on’ her.”
Despite this, she was ultimately grateful for the experience because it allowed her to meet her current husband, Tye Strickland.
The Bachelor is currently on hiatus at ABC.