The Bachelorette cancelled!
Put out your roses – the series that brought us hunks like Matty J and Fireman Cam is no more
The final curtain has closed on The Bachelorette just four seasons after its debut, with well-placed insiders revealing to NW that the series has been “rested” after Ali Oetjen’s disappointing ratings last year. Sob!
Uh-huh, according to the snitch, the show – which saw Sam Frost, Georgia Love, Sophie Monk and Ali date a bunch of blokes to find their Prince Charmings – is taking a year off in an attempt to lure back interest from the public.
“Audiences became fatigued by the show after Ali’s season,” spills NW’S source, adding that it didn’t help that The Bachelorette launched the week after The Bachelor ended. “There was already outrage following Honey Badger [former Bachelor Nick Cummins] and his decision to dump both girls in the finale – that, in addition to the backlash surrounding Ali’s appointment, was a recipe for disaster.”
Indeed, the source is referring to reports about the controversial circumstances in which Ali and her former US Bachelor In Paradise lover Grant Kemp broke up. Yep, just as Ali was announced as the new Bachelorette, her ex Grant emerged
with allegations of his Adelaide-based girlfriend cheating on a staircase.
Of course, Ali was never going to stack up to the success brought in by “Australia’s most-loved bogan” Sophie, whose season broke ratings records. While Soph’s season debuted at 951,000 viewers, Ali’s drew in just 631,000 fans – and according to reports, the lowest ratings in Bachelorette history.
While The Bachelor is returning in 2019 with suitor and contestant auditions currently taking place, along with spin-off series Bachelor In Paradise, The Bachelorette has yet to promote that applications are open – which usually happens immediately after the season’s end.
“Straight after the finale, Osher [Gunsberg, the host] usually releases a video encouraging people to apply, but nothing has been announced,” says the source. “There’s been a lot of hype surrounding The Bachelor, but as for The Bachelorette, it’s been pretty quiet.”
While the series appeared in the 2019 line-up of shows presented by Channel Ten last year, it’s believed things may have since changed.
“It’s not over for good – just for now,” confirms the source. “The Bachelorette is loved by fans – and without this show, Bachelor In Paradise would shut up shop, too. And no-one wants that to happen!”
We’ll just sit here waiting for 2020...