The Bachelor franchise’s fun beachside iteration Bachelor in Paradise isn’t going anywhere, despite a recent controversy that culminated in Chris Harrison leaving his job. And while fans eagerly wait for their favorite messy summer show to return, here’s everything we know about what to expect.
Where is it being filmed?
Bachelor in Paradise went into production in Mexico the first week of June, per Variety.
Who is hosting?
Harrison only officially left his role in June but has been on leave for some time after mishandling a controversial racial incident from a contestant’s past. He reflected on his time with the franchise on Instagram, writing, “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”
Now BiP will have a rotating series of guest hosts, led by Bachelor superfan David Spade. Seriously, if you go over to his Instagram, he has a ton of saved Highlights of himself providing commentary on the show. Other hosts will include *NSYNC’s Lance Bass, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess, and “Turn Down for What” rapper Lil Jon. This sounds like literally the most fun party of all time. (Fun facts: Lil Jon appeared on season 14 during one of Becca Kufrin’s one-on-one dates.)
Fan favorite Wells Adams, meanwhile, will be a “master of cocktails and ceremonies,” whatever that means, according to Variety. It seems he will oversee the rose ceremony, guest-host for at least one week, and yep, tend bar on the beach.
Who are the contestants?
Thirteen ladies (Abigail, Deandra, Jessenia, Kelsey, Mari, Maurissa, Natasha, Serena C., Serena P., Tahzjuan, Tammy, Victoria L., Victoria P.) and 10 dudes (Aaron, Brendan, Connor, Ivan, James, Joe, Karl, Kenny, Noah, Tre) plus additional contestants added throughout the season, according to Entertainment Tonight.
When does it premiere?