Caila Quinn is on the move. The Bachelor second runner-up, who was blindsided by producers’ last minute decision not to cast her as the next Bachelorette, is ready to move on—literally. According to Us Weekly, Caila is moving to New York City for a fresh start and maybe another chance at love.
Caila Quinn is from Massachusetts and had been living in Hudson, Ohio, before she moved to California to try to win Bachelor star Ben Higgins’ heart. After Higgins dumped Caila following their overnight date in Jamaica, she was brokenhearted. But now, the tears have dried and Quinn is ready for a fresh start in New York City. A source told Us that Caila, who works as a software sales rep, already has a new job in the Big Apple.
“She already had a job lined up [in New York City], and she is so excited. She’s really focused on that right now and just happy about this new start in a new city.”
But it probably won’t be all work and no play for this brunette beauty. The Us insider revealed that Quinn is still hoping to find Mr. Right.
“Caila is excited and hopeful about the possibility of finding love in New York.”
Caila even shared her apartment hunting search on Snapchat. According to Cleveland.com, Quinn posted video of her move to NYC and one clip shows her apartment hunting with a real estate broker. At one apartment showing Caila said, “Not moving here! Sketchy ripped curtains.”
Caila Quinn and most of Bachelor Nation were stunned when JoJo Fletcher was announced as the new Bachelorette on last week’s live After the Final Rose show. Quinn, who is half Filipino, had been favored to land the coveted role, and she had even been spotted filming her Bachelorette intro package in Hudson a few weeks earlier.
And Quinn’s casting made sense to fans of the show, especially since ABC entertainment boss Paul Lee previously told reporters that the next season of The Bachelorette would be more diverse, according to TV Guide.
“I’d be very surprised if [the Bachelorette] in the summer isn’t diverse. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that, but I think that’s likely to happen.”
And when Bachelor executive producer Mike Fleiss posted a series of bizarre tweets about the identity of the new Bachelorette, it sure seemed like he was referring to Quinn, if not in the most PC way. After the Bachelorette franchise’s lack of ethnic diversity was called out, Fleiss posted a tweet that teased he was ready to make a change to the white female leads on the show.
But after the announcement that Fletcher would be the new Bachelorette and not Caila Quinn, Fleiss posted another somewhat offensive tweet.
Of course, producers had some explaining to do after Caila was passed over. A source for the long-running reality dating show told E! News that it was “nothing against Caila,” but JoJo’s story was “more compelling.” The source also confirmed that Quinn is “doing great” and that she’s ready to make a new life for herself in the Big Apple.
“She’s moving to New York and she’s excited about it. It’s a new journey for her.”
Quinn also made it clear that she’s ready for her new challenge—and possibly finding love in the big city. When one follower warned her that dating in NYC is like “entering the thunderdome,” Caila replied that she’s up for it.
Take a look at the video to see proof that Caila Quinn was cut from The Bachelorette at the last minute.
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