The Bach­e­lorette can­celled!

Put out your roses – the se­ries that brought us hunks like Matty J and Fire­man Cam is no more

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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...

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