Desiree Hartsock, Ali Fedotowsky and more sound off on the controversial twist

By Tara Fowler
Updated March 10, 2015 08:10 AM
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Former Bachelorettes are not happy about Monday night’s Bachelorette shocker.

Host Chris Harrison revealed on the air that the next season of The Bachelorette will involve not one but two ladies – Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe will both be vying for the attention of 25 men competing for them.

“We actually decided not to decide: For the first time in Bachelorette history, we’re gonna have two Bachelorettes,” Harrison said. “The 25 men on Night 1 are going to have the ultimate say about who they think would make the best wife.”

Needless to say, the Internet is not especially thrilled with this decision, which is being viewed as a bit of slap in the face to feminism – and former Bachelorettes are leading the charge.

“Not going to lie,” Tweeted season 9’s Desiree Hartsock. “I’m a bit confused by 2 bachelorettes. Put girls against each other!? Don’t we already get enough of that.” She then declared her allegiance to Team Kaitlyn.

“The more I think about it, I can’t help but be upset about ABC choosing 2 #Bachelorettes,” chimed in season 6’s Ali Fedotowsky. “It’s going to be so hurtful to both the girls.”

Season 10’s Andi Dorfman, however, had no problem choosing a side. “I’m just going to be politically incorrect and mean no offense by this but I’m #TeamKaitlyn ,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Catherine Giudici, who appeared on season 17 of The Bachelor and married Sean Lowe, echoed Kaitlyn’s sentiments about the arrangement not being ideal. “THANK YOU KAITLYN! Not ideal,” she wrote, adding: “Excuse me while I shake my head all night.”

Even former Bachelor Sean Lowe sounded off on his personal blog, calling the twist “downright degrading.”

Season 7 winner J.P. Rosenbaum, who is happily married to his Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert, confirmed what we already knew: “I think viewers keep forgetting that above anything else, this is a television show and its sole purpose is to make money,” he wrote in a blog.

However, Rosenbaum admitted that he will still be watching (“regardless of right or wrong”) and that, for the record, he is “#TeamKaitlyn.”

Emily Maynard Tweeted that she loves the idea of two Bachelorettes as a viewer, but as a woman, she hates it.

While DeAnna Stagliano (née Pappas) hasn’t necessarily condemned the twist, she certainly doesn’t envy the position that Bristowe and Nilsson are in.

For her part, the original Bachelorette is on board. “Can’t wait to see how it unfolds,” Trista Sutter Tweeted. Later, she felt she had to defend her position after facing some backlash: “I think it’s interesting that people think I’m not pro-women by supporting BOTH Kaitlyn & Britt,” she wrote. “I choose to view it as an experience for both,” adding that “they aren’t being forced to sign up.”

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