In news that absolutely does not get a rose, Network Ten has officially postponed the 2020 season of The Bachelor as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Ten made the announcement on Thursday night, admitting that it is no longer practical to produce the show amid the social distancing restrictions that are currently in place across Australia.
Despite taking “extra precautions on set,” The Bachelor cast production crew were unable to safely and responsibly film the show.
“The health and safety of our participants and crew members is our number one priority,” Ten said in a statement.
The show has been postponed indefinitely until the coronavirus pandemic is under control and it is safe and responsible to resume filming. Network Ten has also explained that full extent of disruptions to their TV schedule will remain unknown for “some time to come,” according to a statement.
To put it simply, we WILL be getting a Bachie season, but not anytime in the immediate future.
“We remain committed to keeping our audiences entertained and connected in these challenging times,” Ten added. “We are also committed to enduring the television industry remains in as strong a shape as possible so we can continue to bring Australian viewers local content.”
To make matters worse, Bachelor in Paradise has also been postponed today, proving that maybe love doesn’t exist. Despite already wrapping filming, Bachie in Paradise will not air on Channel 10 until later this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Do not panic. You will still get to see your favourite bachelorettes and bachelors when they return to paradise for romance, scandal, betrayal and – for three couples – true love. Bachelor In Paradise has wrapped production and will air in the coming months,” a Network 10 spokesperson told TV Tonight.
Former Survivor contestant Locky Gilbert will try to find love on the hit reality TV series when it is safe to resume production.
More to come.