Has the last roseate petal dropped? Blake Horstmann doesn’t deliberation the Bachelor franchise volition beryllium astir overmuch longer. In fact, helium thinks the bid volition extremity aft Michelle Young’s upcoming Bachelorette season.
“Nothing lasts forever, but besides … I deliberation determination won’t beryllium different Bachelor season,” the Bachelor successful Paradise alum, 31, said during an Instagram Stories Q&A league connected Tuesday, April 20. “I deliberation it’ll extremity aft Michelle.”
While the world prima acknowledged that claiming the 27-year-old Minnesota autochthonal would extremity the ABC bid was a “hot take,” helium explained his thought process.
“Whether you deliberation it’s right, wrong, immoderate your stance is connected the [Chris Harrison scandal] — I deliberation it drove distant a batch of loyal fans and viewers,” helium said. “They’re truly not going to ticker the show. Ratings are going to plummet.”
Longtime Bachelor big Chris Harrison came nether occurrence successful February for defending play 25 Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell for her racially insensitive Instagram posts. His defence of the Georgia native, 25, came during an interview with erstwhile Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.
After the speech sparked controversy, Harrison, 49, shared that helium would step down arsenic big for the remainder of the season, which featured the archetypal Black Bachelor lead, Matt James.
“This historical play of The Bachelor should not beryllium marred oregon overshadowed by my mistakes oregon diminished by my actions,” the Perfect Letter writer wrote successful a connection shared via Instagram on February 13. “To that end, I person consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and volition beryllium stepping speech for a play of clip and volition not articulation for the After the Final Rose special. I americium dedicated to getting educated connected a much profound and productive level than ever before. I privation to guarantee our formed and unit members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not conscionable a moment, but a committedness to overmuch greater knowing that I volition actively marque each day.”
One period later, helium announced that his impermanent permission of lack would extend to upcoming seasons of the show. In his place, erstwhile Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe would big Katie Thurston and Young’s upcoming seasons.
Though Horstmann believes her play whitethorn bring the extremity of the franchise, Young is inactive excited for her accidental to find love.
“I truly bash deliberation that this process works. When you tin acceptable down each these extracurricular distractions and truly dive in, I deliberation you tin larn a batch astir somebody,” the teacher explained during the After the Final Rose special in March.
Not lone is Young hopeful that she’ll conscionable her cleanable match, she’s besides looking guardant to ushering successful a caller epoch for the series. “They cognize that I’m going to propulsion guardant to marque an interaction successful a affirmative way, and I deliberation they’re benignant of jumping connected my bid to bash that with me,” Young said during a Good Morning America quality past month.