Cassie Randolph, current fan favorite (and Colton Underwood favorite) on The Bachelor, is a reality television veteran, apparently. Tuesday evening, host of the reality television podcast Reality Life with Kate Casey Kate Casey notified Twitter that Randolph also appeared in a docuseries called Young Once. The show's second season is currently airing on Castle, an online streaming platform hosted by Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (The platform's Chief Growth Officer Joel Auge called it "a growing library of content which is focused on equipping believers and leading those who are lost to Jesus.")
The first season of Young Once followed Randolph and her now ex-boyfriend Caelan Tiongson, whom she dated sporadically during her time at Biola University. The second season — currently airing, and the next episode airs on February 11 — follows the newly single Tiongson and Randolph as they figure out their next steps. Tiongson wants to find love beyond Randolph, and Randolph is figuring out what to do when she completes her degree in speech pathology. The show appears to have re-surfaced because its second season premiere conveniently landed on February 4, the same day that Randolph was canoodling with Underwood on ABC.
Tiongson has already addressed the situation on Instagram, telling his followers that the timing of the season 2 premiere was strategically placed to drum up controversy.
"Make no mistake that Young Once was filmed before The Bachelor, and the fact that they are airing at the same time is a strategy to attract viewers," Tiongson wrote in a caption alongside a photo of himself with Randolph. He added, "The reality of the situation is that Cassie is a great girl. Her decision to go on The Bachelor was a decisive moment in my life to move forward so why couldn’t it serve as that for her as well?"
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I’m posting this here so no words can be misconstrued. As many know, my ex girlfriend is currently a contestant on the tv show The Bachelor. The both of us have also appeared on a documentary series called Young Once. The show catches you up on our lives as the first season was shot at Biola University while we were still going to school there. They happened to catch the closing of mine and Cassie’s on and off relationship during the recording of this show. Make no mistake that Young Once was filmed before The Bachelor, and the fact that they are airing at the same time is a strategy to attract viewers. Both Cassie and I made mistakes in our relationship, but I think we’d both agree it dragged out much too long anyways. This is because I persistently pursued a reunion and she knowingly kept the door open at times because of indecisiveness, neither of which matters because it has been over for good since before she went on The Bachelor. However, it can be said without a doubt that her and I were not a fit for each other. Also, I’m sure there are millions of breakups that have lasted longer than they should have and nobody should be held at fault for that. The reality of the situation is that Cassie is a great girl. Her decision to go on The Bachelor was a decisive moment in my life to move forward so why couldn’t it serve as that for her as well? If I met my dream girl a month after our final closing this summer that would just be how God had it planned for me. Nobody has the right to tell her whether or not she has good intentions. So although the full truth may not be out...not everybody’s business needs to be on reality tv. Cassie will eventually explain her side and I endorse whatever she says because there is no reason for her to hide the truth. I wish her nothing but success and happiness moving forward. I post this because of the outlets who reached out to hear “my side” and because I heard Cassie was receiving a lot of negativity for our past relationship. I thought this would be the best way to preserve the truth and encourage the trolls to check themselves before tearing down a good human being. Life is about moving forward, not dwelling on the past 👍
Meanwhile, the strategy is working. I already watched a full episode of Young Once and I may just watch another! Mark my words: Tiongson is perilously close to appearing on the next season of The Bachelorette.