Kaitlyn Bristowe wants to be 'the Ryan Seacrest of podcasting'
Former Bacheloretteand current Snapchat savant Kaitlyn Bristowe has taken her entertaining antics to a new outlet with her new podcast Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe on the PodcastOne network.Weekly episodes, available every Tuesday, feature Bristowe in conversation with various guests, from her fiancé Shawn Booth to The Hills alums Spencer and Heidi Pratt. Naturally, they drink plenty of wine during the interviews.
The podcast, which premiered its first episode May 30, was a long time coming. "I feel like I've had it in the back of my mind for so long," says Bristowe. "There's so much going on in the world, and I wanted [Off The Vine] to be a 45-minute show where people can just laugh and forget about what else is going on, and join in on my ridiculousness."
Below, Bristowe tells EW more about her vision for the show, what kind of guests we can expect in the future, and how she's dealing with being on the other side of the microphone during interviews.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The first two episodes of the podcast are you talking with your fiancé, Shawn, and then you talking to your best friend, Bri Cook. That could be so boring or alienating to the audience, but it wasn't. How do you make inside jokes fun for people that are on the outside?
I have a really crazy cackle laugh, and I think sometimes people don't realize that they're not laughing at my jokes, they're actually just laughing because of my laugh. And I think I'm just being relatable, because I'm talking about things that girls can totally relate to with their best friends or their fiancés or their boyfriends.
Have you narrowed down any permanent segments for the podcast yet?
I'm just going to keep doing a few different things and see people's response. I obviously want to do what the listeners want me to do. I like doing "What Grinds My Gears." I like doing the questions from the Twitter followers or just the listeners in general, because I like interacting with them. Other than that… I kind of want to start doing some prank calls.
Oh that's good. To regular people or to celebrity friends?
How much are you planning to discuss the current season of The Bachelorette on the podcast?
It's been hard because the episodes come out on Monday and I record my podcast before that so it's not relevant enough for me to do that right now. But I know some people in The Bachelorette world so I'm working on getting a screener so I can be able to talk about it because I would like to support Rachel and talk about her season. To me, the guys are just so entertaining that it's fun to talk about.
One of the most interesting things to hear you discuss is behind-the-scenes information about being on The Bachelor and Bachelorette. How much of that are you allowed to talk about?
Probably nothing. (Laughs) I mean, I don't feel like I'm going too much behind the scenes but I like giving a little. Because you know what? People really love hearing those kinds of things, and it's not like it's going to steer them away from watching the show. Nothing could steer them away from watching The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. That show will live forever.
Spencer and Heidi Pratt are the newest guests on your podcast. What was your favorite moment from interviewing them?
They're so nice. You could tell that they're just so in love, which is very sweet. I was actually surprised — I thought it would be a little more outrageous. We talked about The Hills, we talked about doing reality TV, we talk about social media, we talk about what social media would be like for them if they had it during The Hills. We talk about The Bachelorette, how Spencer would do his limo entrance if he was going on Heidi's season of The Bachelorette. We pretty much touch on everything. <iframe src="http://www.podcastone.com/episodewidget?pid=1732880&logo=true" width="100%" height="70" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" class="" allowfullscreen="" resize="0" replace_attributes="1" name=""></iframe>
Who's your dream Off The Vine guest?
I have three in mind: Seth MacFarlane, Amy Schumer, or Ellen DeGeneres.
What would you ask Seth MacFarlane?
Oh my gosh, just how he's able to go there with his humor and not care about the backlash because he really goes there. You know what I'd really love? If I could interview him but it would be all the different characters he does on Family Guy and that's who I could talk to. That would be amazing!
You've been on the other side of so many interviews over the past couple years. How does that affect how you interview people?
That's actually such a good question because I was just talking to Shawn about this. My first two [episodes] were just with my fiancé and my best friend so I was so comfortable just being myself and [telling] all these stories. I wasn't nervous.
But this one [with Spencer and Heidi], I was like, "Oh shoot. It feels like more of an interview!" And then I get in my own head. I don't want to make anybody uncomfortable because I've been uncomfortable in so many interviews that I overthink it now.
So now you also know that it's boring if you just ask softball questions.
Exactly. I don't want to make them uncomfortable but I also want to be, like, the Ryan Seacrest of the podcast world where they come to you and they're, like, "Oh, I just told him everything. Whoops!" But [they still think] it's a fun interview.
Are there any other guests lined up that you can tease?
All I'll really say is I'm in Nashville so I hope to have a couple strong, female country artists in there, and I'll probably have a couple Bachelor fan favorites on in the near future.
New episodes of Off The Vine are available every Tuesday on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne.com.