Any Canadians out there looking for love? Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, production on many TV shows has come to a halt, and Bachelor Nation has also been affected. According to Chris Harrison, The Bachelorette cast for Clare Crawley’s upcoming season could be totally different by the time the show actually begins filming.
Earlier this month, the men who would be competing for Crawley’s heart were revealed on the official Bachelorette Facebook page. Among them were two Canadians — 38-year-old Mike Tobin from Calgary, Alberta and 29-year-old Blake Moynes from Hamilton, Ontario.
On March 13, TMZ reported that production on the dating show had come to a halt. Shortly after, the photos of the men were removed from the Facebook page, leaving fans to speculate whether or not the original cast would remain the same.
According to Just Jared, the show’s host Chris Harrison revealed that there would more than likely be some major cast changes during an Instagram live video.
“The thought that 25, 30, 35 guys, everybody that was able to take time off and come on The Bachelorette, is going to be able to come back again — because we don’t have a set time of when we’re going to come back,” Harrison said.
“Obviously with this virus, who knows when this thing is going to blow through. So the idea that everybody is just going to be able to take off work and do this again? Probably very slim.”
According to TMZ, Crawley’s original cast was flown out to The Bachelor mansion just days before filming was set to begin, only to be sent home once again as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus.
The season premiere of the 38-year-old’s quest for love was set for May 18. It’s currently unclear when filming will resume, but it will be interesting to see if the show is, in fact, re-cast and if we get to see any Canadians compete for Crawley’s heart.
While we wait, the newest spin-off in the franchise, The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, will premiere on Monday, April 13.