Reid Rosenthal is headed back to reality TV, but he’ll have his eye on real estate instead of roses. The 36-year-old Bachelorette alum will appear on the pilot episode of TLC’s Say Yes to the Address to help a newlywed couple find the perfect home, according to Us Weekly. Say Yes to the Address is a spinoff of TLC’s wedding dress-shopping show, Say Yes to the Dress.
Reid Rosenthal was one of the most popular Bachelorette contestants ever. The Philadelphia realtor competed for the heart of Jillian Harris in season 5 of the show back in 2009. Rosenthal is especially memorable because he was one of the first ousted contestants to ever return to the show after being sent home. After Jillian sent him packing during the fantasy suites episode, Reid famously returned for the finale to propose to her anyway. Jillian said no and gave her final rose to Ed Swiderski.
In 2012, Rosenthal expanded his reality TV resume with a stint on Bachelor Pad, where he went head to head with Swiderski on the inaugural season of The Bachelor spinoff. (Swiderski and Harris split less than a year after they became engaged on The Bachelorette, and boy, was he single on this show).
On Say Yes to the Address, Rosenthal will help a newlywed couple, Jason and Blair Manus, find their dream home. The hunky realtor is a longtime friend of the couple. Reid is part of the family-owned Rosenthal Group, one of the most successful real estate groups in Center City Philadelphia.
In an interview with Trulia, Reid revealed that his parents have been in the real estate business for more than two decades, so he was “born into the business.” He said a co-worker convinced him to apply for The Bachelorette.
“One of the women I work with told me about the show and really wanted me to submit an application. She got a picture of me and blurb and sent it to the show. I didn’t think about much after that. Soon, I started getting calls like crazy from the producers. They liked my profile and really wanted me on the show. We had a few back and forth talks. With two days left before the start of filming, I signed the contract and made it on the show just in time.”
While things didn’t work out with Jillian, Rosenthal eventually found a real life relationship back home in Philly, but not before battling the post-Bachelorette blues. In an interview last year with Vulture, Reid said his bad Bachelorette experience nearly turned him off of dating.
“The summer after I came off the show, I almost had to stop going out. My friends always wanted me to go out because I was their wingman. At some point, maybe two months later, I was like, ‘Guys, I’m done going out, I can’t handle it, it’s too much.’ “
Reid added that he had to take a step back and try to remember what type of person he would have been interested in before his reality TV fame.
“At some point, you’ve got to decide to get back to your real life, and that gets a little difficult at times. You have to go back to, ‘What are my values, and what type of person would I have gone for before?'”
You can see Reid Rosenthal on Say Yes To the Address on Friday, March 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TLC.
Take a look at the video below to see Reid Rosenthal’s journey on The Bachelorette, including his ill-fated proposal to Jillian.
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