Chris Harrison Says ‘The Bachelorette’ Won’t Air For Months, So Here’s What to Expect Right Now

by Jeremy Spirogis
Chris Harrison and the new bachelorette Clare Crawley

When The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart dropped on April 13, many followers wished ABC was airing Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette. Unfortunately, the 16th season shut down manufacturing in mid-March 2020 as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. So when will the subsequent season of The Bachelorette air its extremely anticipated premiere? Prepare yourselves. Recently, host Chris Harrison shared it can take months, even after issues get again to regular.

Clare Crawley’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ postpones manufacturing indefinitely

On March 13 — the identical day The Bachelorette was scheduled to begin filming — Warner Bros. Television Group halted manufacturing for over 70 collection and pilots for a minimum of three weeks. Harrison additionally addressed Crawley’s season on Instagram.

“It was not only the right thing to do, it was the only thing to do,” he stated. “But that doesn’t mean this decision wasn’t hard to make, because this will affect a lot of people. To my friend Clare, you are still my bachelorette. Hopefully, we’re still going to have the opportunity to help you find love and make this work.”

Then in an interview with People on March 31, Harrison confirmed filming for The Bachelorette is indefinitely postponed. 

“Until we can do this show and do it safely, we won’t do it,” he stated. “Right now we are just on hold and it’s being postponed. But we’re all chomping at the bit to get back to it and to have Clare be our bachelorette.”

When will ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 16 air?

Chris Harrison and the new bachelorette Clare Crawley
Chris Harrison and the brand new bachelorette Clare Crawley | John Fleenor through Getty Images

Clearly, the way forward for The Bachelor franchise is up within the air proper now. But when talking with Glamour in April 2020, Harrison reassured followers The Bachelorette will take precedence when it’s protected to return.

“Obviously the longer this goes, the harder it’s going to be, logistics-wise and calendar and all that,’ Harrison stated. “First and foremost, once we get again, we’ve to soundly determine how can we produce The Bachelorette.”

But even so, it can take a while till Crawley’s season is able to air.

“When can we start shooting? It’s not like there’s going to be a day, say May 1, if the governor and president decide that we can all [resume work], and then boom, we have a television show,” Harrison stated. “That’s not how it works. That just means we can go to work and start producing a television show.”

He continued: “Months are going to go by earlier than we will get one thing on the air, so we’re attempting to have a look at two issues: One, how can we instantly service everyone and create content material? And two, how shortly can we return to The Bachelorette, BIP, The Bachelor and match all of it in?”

Meanwhile, Harrison hinted The Bachelor crew is cooking up new concepts so the fandom will proceed to be properly fed as social distancing continues.

“We’re looking at all kinds of creative ways,” Harrison stated. “Maybe it’s a check-in or a reunion present, or possibly it’s creating another kind of present about The Bachelor that we will get on the air instantly.”

What to anticipate when ‘The Bachelorette’ returns

When it’s protected sufficient for The Bachelorette manufacturing to renew, Harrison speculated the brand new season will replicate what’s occurring in actual life and followers will see a change. 

“Clearly the world is going to look very different when we all come out of quarantine,” he advised Glamour. “Work, our economy, our government, love, relationships, dating — it’s all going to be different.”

He continued: “But The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have all the time been actually good about embracing popular culture—embracing tradition on the whole—and actually exhibiting what’s occurring. That goes to be a type of issues that we’re going to should embrace.”

Then in response to Variety, The Bachelorette manufacturing is wanting into a number of filming areas if and when the truth collection is given the inexperienced mild to return. The publication reported a non-public resort is being discussed. However, it’s unlikely Crawley’s season will embrace worldwide journey.

We’re bummed Crawley’s Bachelorette season received’t air for a while. But we’re prepared to attend to make sure everybody’s security. And who is aware of? Maybe The Bachelor crew will unveil one thing enjoyable to maintain us preoccupied. So keep tuned. 

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