What Happens When a Bachelor Quits and More Juicy Behind the Scenes Details of Season 23

It’s safe to say that audiences across the country are obsessed with The Bachelor and the rest of the franchise. The drama, the love, the heartbreak, its just too good to look away from.

All of the true fans of the show know the usual storyline. The Bachelor meets twenty or more girls, he sends some home, he starts to fall in love, he sends more girls home, and then he eventually picks the woman that he wants to propose to. Throw in a lot of tears and some backstabbing between the women and you’ve got a whole season of the show.

Somewhere along the season, the Bachelor or Bachelorette also usually threatens to quit the show at least once or twice. But no one ever actually does it.

Well, at least no one had until this season’s bachelor Colton Underwood.

“I was gone for a while,” Underwood told ET of quitting the show during filming. “In that moment, and the feelings I was feeling, I left the show. I needed time to myself. In the moment I was gone,” he continued, “there was no Bachelor.”

So what happens in a case like this?

What happens if a Bachelor quits?

Surprisingly, nothing. The producers just let Underwood figure out what he wanted to do on his own.

“To be honest, I got kind of excited,” ABC’s Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, Robert Mills told ET of finding out Underwood had quit. “It’s something we’ve never seen before. To be more than 20 seasons in and have something new that no one’s seen before play out is actually great. The other thing you think about is — ‘is he OK?’ Whether this ends up with him engaged, married, single, dumped, you want to make sure he’s OK. … You never want this to be the biggest mistake of someone’s life. … We just let it play out real, and then we figure out the rest.”

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Season 23 Finale

Mills went on to reveal a few secrets about the finale.

“I actually just screened the finale, and it’s insane,” he said. “It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen, and that’s speaking after Arie’s, which was like nothing we’ve ever seen.”

“This finale is so different and things really do go so off the rails that it’s important for us, for the audience, to let it play out for them. I have to tell you, my heart was racing at several points. Your heart gets a workout — it’ll be racing, it’ll be breaking. It’s really emotional and it is so real, it’s crazy.”

What are they looking for in the next Bachelorette?

As season 23 nears hometowns, people are beginning to wonder who the next Bachelorette will be. So what is ABC looking for?

“It is important to change a little bit the flavor each season, so it feels different but is still the show that you love,” Mills told ET. “Like with Colton, we need to take a minute. If we’d gone right after Becca’s season, we’d say, ‘It’s gotta be Blake.’ … Is there somebody like Colton where we can say, ‘OK, you didn’t watch last season, but let me tell you about this woman who’s the next Bachelorette.’ … If you can bring people in, that’s a win.”

The Bachelor airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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