7 Bachelor Nation Stars Who Turned Their Reality TV Stint into a New Career
7 Bachelor Nation Stars Who Turned Their Reality TV Stint into a New Career
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
For a few people who join Bachelor Nation, the respective shows are much more than an opportunity to find love. A few real and solid romances have formed on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise (there are no successes from the short-lived spin-off Bachelor Pad). Mostly, though, contestants use their stint on the show to find some financial success afterward. While some attempts are rather silly, one of the most recent examples being Robby Hayes who went from "Former Competitive Swimmer" to "Social Media Influencer," a few former contestants and leads have pivoted into real but radically different careers.


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Nick Viall

It remains to be seen whether Nick's new career path will be successful. But as previously reported the lead of Bachelor season 21 (and contestant on Bachelorette season 10, season 11 and Bachelor in Paradise season 3) is pursuing an acting career. The acting might be new but since his (first) appearance on The Bachelorette, Nick has been trying to leave his former job of a software sales executive far behind him. 

While his career for a while was just "reality TV star," Nick has also launched his own line of haircare products. He also managed to appear on Dancing with the Stars. For all his reality TV appearances, Nick might not be the most popular star from Bachelor Nation but he's certainly one of the most ambitious and/or fame-hungry. 

Melissa Rycroft

Fans might recognize Melissa as another Bachelor Nation star who moved from that reality franchise to another with a (winning) turn on Dancing with the Stars. But Melissa used her time on The Bachelor, where she got engaged (but was later dumped for the runner-up), for more than a spin on the televised dance floor. 

Melissa joined The Bachelor as a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. She has gone on to become a TV personality and host, working for Good Morning America as well as Bachelor Pad and another reality TV show, Redneck Island

Rycroft's career has slowed down since she got married in 2009 and has had three kids with Tye Strickland. However, she still used her time on The Bachelor to build an impressive resume of TV hosting. 

Sean Lowe

Sean is one of the few Bachelor stars who actually got married and has stayed married. Sean is one of the franchise's true romantic success stories but he also used the time on the show to build a new career for himself. The most obvious example for Bachelor Nation fans is that Sean co-hosted Bachelor in Paradise season 3's aftershow, After Paradise. Most of his work hasn't been in front of a camera though.

Sean, who joined The Bachelorette season 8 as an insurance agent, has become a published author and a touring public speaker. Maybe the most impressive (and lucrative) feat though is that he has launched a furniture collection with his wife, Catherine Giudici.

Jillian Harris 

Bachelor Nation didn't help Jillian completely switch careers but it did help her reach a much bigger audience. Jillian joined The Bachelor season 13 as interior designer and went on to be the lead of The Bachelorette season 5. Since her time on the show Jillian has taken her interior design business to impressive heights. 

Jillian appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, lending her talents as a designer and showing off her ability to be a TV host. She then went on to be a Canadian TV personality, hosting and starring in the home improvement series Canada's Handyman Challenge and Love It or List It Vancouver. (The latter airs in the US under the name Love It or List It Too.) 

Travis Stork

Like Jillian, Travis is in the same profession he was when he joined Bachelor Nation but only just barely. Travis was a doctor and the star of The Bachelor season 8. Although the relationship that was formed out of that season barely lasted past the filming of the finale, Travis took his time in the spotlight and ran with it. 


Stork became a frequent contributor to Dr. Phil as a medical expert. He relayed that into his own talk show, The Doctors. The Doctors, which has run for nine seasons and counting, sees a panel of medical doctors talk about the issues of the day as well as interview celebrity guests. While The Doctors has a panel format, Stork is the undeniable host and figurehead of the panel. 

Jesse Palmer

Jesse had a brush with fame before he joined The Bachelor season 5 as the lead. Jesse was the franchise's first professional athlete to become a star as he had been the quarterback for both the New York Giants and the San Franciso 49ers. But Jesse didn't get much playtime on either team, being the back-up for both line-ups. 

It's therefore pretty much down to his time on The Bachelor that Jesse was able to transition into his new career of being a sports commentator and TV personality. Palmer has worked for FOX, ESPN and has a semi-recurring role as a correspondent for Good Morning America

Bob Guiney

Bob is the first Bachelor lead who was chosen from the previous season of The Bachelorette. This started a trend that the franchise has (intermittently) followed for years. Bob's real notability in the franchise's history, though, is that he is one of the first leads to successfully use reality TV to transition into a new career. Bob joined The Bachelorette as the co-creator of a mortgage company but went on to become an actor, musician and host. 

It's his role as a TV host that has probably been most lucrative for Bob, although his time as an actor did allow him to make some pretty famous friends. He met and was married to soap star Rebecca Budig for five years. Bob also became a member of a band whose members included familiar TV names like Greg Grunberg, James Denton and Hugh Laurie. 

Did we miss any former Bachelor Nation stars who transitioned to new careers? Who do you think has been the most successful?


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