Bach­e­lorette Ali re­placed?

It’s bye-bye Bachie for Ali as ru­mours swirl that she’s be­ing re­placed by an old fan fave!

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The fi­nal pe­tal has fallen for con­tro­ver­sial Bach­e­lorette Ali Oet­jen, as NW hears whis­pers that Chan­nel Ten are con­sid­er­ing dump­ing the blonde beauty from the lead role fol­low­ing fan back­lash and shock claims she cheated on her Bach­e­lor in Par­adise beau Grant Kemp! p! In­deed, it ap­pears pro­duc­ers were see­ing Ali, 32, through, er, rose-coloured glasses, be­cause as soon as news broke that she and Grant had ended things af­ter recom­mit­ting to each other at the Par­adise fi­nale, they were quick to sign her on as the Bach­e­lorette.

“Ev­ery­one was dev­as­tated for Ali,” a pro­duc­tion in­sider spills to NW. “Re­ports emerged that Grant had cheated on her when he went home to LA, and af­ter she’d al­ready had her heart bro­ken by Tim [Ro­bards, the Sea­son One Bach­e­lor] and her ex-fiance Dave [Waldeck], it seemed like the ob­vi­ous choice.”

But six days af­ter it was an­nounced that Ali would be look­ing for love on TV again, Grant, 29, re­vealed his own al­le­ga­tions about their split, in­sist­ing it was ac­tu­ally the Ade­laide blonde who strayed.

“I had left to go and find my friends,” Grant claims of the

night it all went down. “I came back in­side and [a man] was go­ing down on her on my stairs. So I kicked her out of my house that night. She was like, ‘Please, please, I hate my­self for this. I’m so sorry, I can’t believe I did that. That’s not me.’ [But] it’s like, ‘Dude you did it, I don’t care if you were drunk or not, that’s no ex­cuse.’”

Since Grant’s claims, Chan­nel Ten have been feel­ing the pres­sure to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion and have even is­sued a state­ment say­ing Grant’s com­ments were “false and mis­lead­ing”.

“There’s been a lot of back­lash,” says the in­sider. “Be­fore Grant’s story even came out, fans were al­ready out­raged, call­ing her bor­ing. It’s a bit of a dis­as­ter!”

Now NW can re­veal the net­work have been in dam­age con­trol, hold­ing cri­sis meet­ings to try and save the se­ries be­fore it be­gins film­ing later this year.

“There have been calls to bring back Nikki [Go­gan],” an in­sider spills. “It would be a bru­tal move to re­place Ali af­ter she’s been an­nounced, but Nikki will bring in the rat­ings with­out a doubt – ev­ery­one is still ob­sessed with her find­ing The One.”

And it’s not too late ei­ther, as NW can con­firm that cast­ing is still un­der­way in Syd­ney and no men have been se­lected yet to ap­pear on the show.

“Agents are ba­si­cally cast­ing for two girls right now – just in case Nikki comes through,” claims the source.

And while the chances of Nikki, 30, who placed run­nerup in Richie Stra­han’s 2016 sea­son, ac­tu­ally sign­ing on the dot­ted line are slim – she has turned down the op­por­tu­nity to star on both The Bach­e­lorette and Bach­e­lor in Par­adise once be­fore – pro­duc­ers are not giv­ing up hope. “They’re throw­ing ev­ery­thing they have at her – money, ap­proval on the men who will star on the show, there’s even been dis­cus­sions about mov­ing the whole set to Perth to keep her close to her fam­ily!” says the source. “They haven’t let go of Ali yet, but they’re re­ally count­ing on Nikki to save the se­ries.”

Give it a go, Nikki!


Things are look­ing any­thing but rosy for poor Ali right now!

Pro­duc­ers are des­per­ate to have Nikki on the show

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