This year is a unique one for the Bachelor franchise. Not only have we bid farewell to longtime host Chris Harrison, but we’re also getting not one but two Bachelorette seasons. Both Bachelorettes come from the controversial Matt James-led Bachelor season. But having two Bachelorettes in one year means that the pool for our next Bachelor is bigger than ever.
We’ve heard very little officially about the upcoming Bachelor season, which is expected for 2022. We don’t yet know who the next host will be, where the season will be filmed, or who the Bachelor himself will be. But fans already have some hopes, and Reality Steve already has a theory about the next Bachelor.
Fans have some thoughts about who they want to be the next Bachelor.
While our next Bachelor may end up being a Bachelor Nation newbie, like Matt James was, there’s already a large pool of potential candidates who could be chosen. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our previous Bachelorette season was delayed.
Though Matt was initially supposed to be Clare Crawley’s suitor, he was picked as the Bachelor for Season 25 instead after backlash for more diversity from Bachelor fans.
This meant that the contestants for Clare (and later Tayshia Adams) were unable to be named as a Bachelor. Could we end up seeing Ben Smith make a return for The Bachelor Season 26?
Not only could ABC choose from Clare and Tayshia’s season, but we could also see a Bachelor from Katie Thurston or Michelle Young’s seasons. Currently, top picks from fans include Justin Glaze, Andrew Spencer, and Michael Allio. It seems safe to assume that Thomas Jacobs is not about to be chosen to lead his own season.
There's a rumor that the next Bachelor will be Greg Grippo.
On Aug. 19, known Bachelor Nation insider Reality Steve shared that the next Bachelor will be Greg Grippo. He explained that it's not confirmed until ABC confirms it, but that he's heard it's true from a reliable source.
"What I’ve been hearing the past five days or so regarding the next Bachelor are this … been told it’s going to be Greg," he tweeted. "Obviously it’s never 'official' until ABC announces it (whenever that may be), but at this point I would be very surprised if it’s not him."
Reality Steve went on to explain that he knows that Greg is a "polarizing figure" but that just makes him more attractive to the producers. The more controversy there is over someone, the more talk that they will get about Season 26 of The Bachelor.
Many Bachelor Nation fans will not be happy if Greg Grippo is the Bachelor.
Greg is a new type of polarizing. Many fans believe he is very clearly emotionally manipulative and abusive towards Katie Thurston when he gaslights her on her season of The Bachelorette, to the point that Katie, Tayshia, and Kaitlyn Bristowe, have all completely vilified him.
Fans have even created a petition to not let Greg become the Bachelor. And if he really is first in the running for the Bachelor, hopefully, Tayshia and Kaitlyn speak up against ABC's endorsement of his behavior.
Many fans are also hoping that this "spoiler" was actually intentionally leaked to Reality Steve to see how fans would react to the news. While some people believed Greg's act in his "After the Final Rose" redemption, many more are not fooled.
The three women who were there agree that what he did to Katie was unforgivable, so it would be truly surprising if ABC not only forgives but supports him so easily.
We still haven't officially heard who the next Bachelor will be.
Considering that we have two Bachelorettes this year, it's still possible that the Bachelor could be chosen from Michelle’s season. So, if anyone is announced as the Bachelor before Michelle’s season even airs, it would definitely spoil some Bachelorette journeys before fans even watch her season. ABC will likely wait until after her season before sharing the news.
The next season of The Bachelor is expected in January of 2022, but we don’t yet know what the exact release date is. We also don’t know who the next host will be, although Variety reports that whoever is named the next Bachelor host will be the permanent one. The Bachelor Season 26 is expected to begin filming in the fall of 2021.
In the meantime, catch Bachelor in Paradise Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.