‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Chris Harrison Has Plans To Make Sure the Show Happens
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bachelor in Paradise did not film in 2020. This leaves Bachelor Nation with many questions about the future of the show. However, Chris Harrison hopes Bachelor in Paradise will be able to resume as normal in 2021.
Chris Harrison hopes ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ will continue
In an interview with Us Weekly, Harrison revealed his hopes for The Bachelor franchise. The TV host and producer acknowledged that because Bachelor in Paradise did not film in 2020, there will be more contestants to pick from in 2021.
“Obviously, we didn’t shoot last summer, so now we are going to have multiple seasons, it’s going to be a murderers’ row of choices of people. And I mean, I hate to say this, but there’s going to be people left on the bench that we love just because you can only have so many people on that beach,” he said.
Harrison is optimistic that with a vaccine in the works, shows in the franchise will be able to continue as they did pre-pandemic. Because of this hope, he is thinking that Bachelor in Paradise will be possible in 2021.
“And right now, the plan is we’re moving forward. Clearly, we are like the rest of the world,” said Harrison. “This vaccine is on the horizon, there is hope on the horizon and where there’s hope, there’s roses and there’s The Bachelor. We’re always right there.”
Chris Harrison on what to expect next
While Harrison is hopeful Bachelor in Paradise will return, he does not think it will be the next show fans see. After Matt James’ season of The Bachelor airs, Harrison hopes another season of The Bachelorette will film.
“In all seriousness, our dream scenario is Bachelorette is next. That’s our normal schedule. You know, we shot The Bachelor in the normal timeframe, we’re going to shoot Bachelorette in the normal timeframe — this winter/spring — and then that’ll lead us into hopefully the Bachelor in Paradise that we normally have in June,” Harrison told Us Weekly.
Harrison did admit that a lot of these plans are pinned on the hope that a future vaccine is effective enough to film The Bachelorette and a new season of Bachelor in Paradise.
“I’m not Anthony Fauci here, but my dream is that the vaccine is working by then and we’re right back to normal,” he said.
What filming has been like for the TV host
Because of the coronavirus, filming of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor took place at a resort the entire time. Season 16 of The Bachelorette filmed at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs and James’ season of The Bachelor filmed at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.
While Bachelor in Paradise typically films in one sole location, Harrison found it difficult to film The Bachelor and The Bachelorette this way.
“We’re gonna have to really medicate our producers who come up with these dates because they are at their wit’s end,” he told Us Weekly. “There is only so much you can do in a half-mile by half-mile block of the hotel. They really did an unbelievable job of making it as creative as possible.”