Arguably the most unhinged chapter of an already unhinged franchise, Bachelor in Paradise has it all: sun, sea and dozens of extremely attractive people looking for love and/or Instagram followers. In recent years paradise used to be special out of control, thanks to the record number of participants that showed up at the beach, many of whom were greeted by Lil Jon, Lance Bass, Titus Burgess and David Spade (yes, really). How can ABC top last year’s season?†which was light on viewers but heavy on drama – I hear you ask? (Maybe I just hear myself asking.)
We will† It’s possible that ABC, probably exhausted from pumping one after the other Bachelor education editions that have been around for nearly two years may have given up on this round of the franchise. I repeat: be able to have. Let’s dive in, shall we?
When would Bachelor in Paradise start?
Bachelor in Paradise usually airs in late summer. Most seasons run from mid-August to mid-September, although last season ran all the way through October (as I said, lots of contestants, lots of drama). But the upcoming season of the bachelorette starts in July which is unusual – most bachelor party seasons start in May – and will probably last until September, essentially taking paradise‘s lock.
Which brings me to…
Has Bachelor in Paradise been cancelled?
Do you hear that whining? It’s mine. Despite all the clumsiness, paradise is by far the most fun edition of the franchise, mainly because most of the franchise’s tenets – chastity until marriage or fantasy suites; strong religious undertones; the right reasons– are thrown out the window. Basically everyone just gets drunk on the beach.
Or did getting drunk on the beach. Because paradise may be over, or at least drastically changed, if the hints we’ve been given are any indication. First, Reality Steve noted in October, “This is strictly a prediction on my part, but I have a feeling paradise could be done. It didn’t do well last season, the format is getting old and tired, and… well, that’s just my prediction. I could be completely wrong, but if I just look at the overall picture, movie schedules and what not, and IF 2 Bachelor seasons and 1 Bachelorette season per calendar year become the norm, I almost think they’re paradise†
But! Reality Steve later refined his prediction, calling the cancellation rumors “totally false” and noting, “The production has polled and conducted early interviews of contestants for paradiseso they wouldn’t if there wasn’t a show….From everything I’ve heard we know “Bachelorette” will premiere on July 11th, then paradise will air immediately afterwards as always, only it will be a little later than in years past.”
But! Mike Fleiss, the show’s creator, retweeted the rumors saying, “Cancelled??? No f**king way!! #BAchelorinParadiseforever!” That should have cleared everything up once and for all…
…except him it removed.
Who would host Bachelor in Paradise?
A possible factor in the delay of Bachelor in Paradise is the question of who would host it. Obviously it won’t be Chris Harrison; he and the franchise cut ties last year. Jesse Palmer stepped in to host all 2022s Bachelor education editions to date: he presented Clayton’s season earlier this year, and will also host Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia’s bachelor party season. But paradise is a completely different beast than Bachelor education and bachelor partyboth in format and tone, which is probably why Wells Adams is in the final season of Paradise. Also why they brought in Lil Jon, David Spade, Titus Burgess and Lance Bass. (I’m still not over that, guys.)
Wells could potentially host the entire show – he certainly plans to do it – but getting him promoted to host of paradise and demote him a year later, if Palmer or another presenter is announced as the full-time franchise host.
I will keep this post updated as you know I will refresh my Google notification until I get a reply, so come back for updates.