Clare Crawley's Bachelorette Season Has a New Cast of 42 Men Competing For Her Heart
It's been several months since The Bachelor wrapped up and we met our new Bachelorette, but we can officially say that Clare Crawley's season will begin filming soon with a new cast of guys waiting to win her hand!
Originally meant to kick off back in March, filming for Crawley's season was halted out of concern for the health and safety of the cast and crew during the COVID-19 pandemic. Warner Bros. Television Group told Entertainment Tonight that although there were no confirmed cases on any productions, they would follow the guidance of the Centers For Disease Control, which meant shutting down filming until it was safe for the cast and crew to resume. On June 26, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the series would begin production "soon" at a private resort in Southern California, where Clare and the contestants would quarantine together and spend the entire season living on-site.
As expected, this means that some recasting has gone down as some of the previously announced contestants aren't able to film this time around. Crawley originally had 32 men on her list, which has now grown to 42, with 25 new names and 17 from the original contestant pool. The most significant name cut from the list is Matt James, who was revealed to be the next Bachelor amid the coronavirus shutdown. Becoming the franchise's first Black male lead is not a bad reason to get cut from a show!
Crawley's new crop of contestants includes men of all different ages, with a fair number of them in their 30s and a couple in their early 40s. Seeing as Clare is 38 years old, it's nice to see that production added more men around her age, but there are still enough men in their mid-20s to raise some eyebrows. See the entire list of the contestants ahead.
— Additional reporting by Mekishana Pierre