Did the ‘Bachelor’ Creator Just Hint One of Their Hit Shows Is Canceled?
A game is afoot in Bachelor Nation, folks.
That’s what showrunner Mike Fleiss seemingly teased on Twitter this week — but then he followed that up with something pretty concerning.
However, in recent weeks, fans have been given the go-around about the runner-up, first being told Peter was “never gonna happen” (and that he turned the gig down), and then that he was still in the running.
Then, on Wednesday, Mike teased a decision had been made in a telling tweet.
“Stand by for shocking news regarding #thebachelor …” he wrote.
Many assumed that meant an announcement for the Season 22 star was imminent — even spoiler king Reality Steve, who had his own intel on who the guy would be.
“I feel confident in reporting that sources are telling me Peter is the next Bachelor & it will be announced soon,” the blogger tweeted.
(SPOILER): I feel confident in reporting that sources are telling me Peter is the next Bachelor & it will be announced soon.RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 30, 2017
Steve went on to allege that the Wisconsin native has been the guy producers wanted “since Day 1,” so we started bracing for another Midwestern hunk at the helm.
I'm aware of last min switch ups in the past, but I don't believe that's happening this time. He's been the guy they've wanted since Day 1.RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 30, 2017
That is, until late into Wednesday evening, when Mike returned to social media with an explosive tweet.
“Tv trivia... Has a broadcast network ever canceled its No. 1 show???” he followed up.
Tv trivia... Has a broadcast network ever canceled its No. 1 show???Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) August 31, 2017
As expected, this sent viewers into a tizzy, fearing that maybe no Bachelor would be announced, and we’re in for boring Monday nights this winter.
Before you panic, it should be noted that this hint — if it is anything — couldn’t be about The Bachelor.
Back in May, ABC renewed the show for Season 22, set to kick off in January 2018, and there’s no way they’d give up that all-important time slot this late in the game.
What he could referring to, on the other hand, is the currently-airing summer spin-off, BIP.
The “misconduct” scandal between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson this summer was not a great look for the franchise — despite both an investigation and the participating stars maintaining that no wrongdoing went down.
Mentions of “assault,” “consent” issues, and Corinne calling herself a "victim" — however unwarranted — were enough to leave a bad taste in the public’s mouths.
Not to mention, DeMario and Corinne have both spoken out about how this incident has permanently affected their lives.
“I know I'm not that monster they're trying to portray on TV,” he said during his sit down with Chris Harrison.
She later confessed that she “remembers nothing” from the night, and alleges she blacked out due to excessive drinking mixed with a medication.
It wouldn’t be a big surprise if Paradise didn’t return next season, seeing as many fans are unhappy with the way the show’s handled this scandal.
Not to mention, the lack of real romantic couplings going on in Season 4 doesn’t help to drive the positive narrative they want.
With Bachelor: Winter Games — a more wholesome, Olympics-themed competition between alums — on the horizon, the producers might make a pivot into bringing back established couples versus wild singles.
Then again, there’s an even better chance Mike is just messing with us to get Bachelor Nation buzzing. He’s done it before, after all!
Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.