‘The Bachelorette’: Clare Crawley’s Season Recast – Coronavirus to Blame

The Bachelorette Clare Crawley may have to wait to find love because the entire line-up of eligible bachelors might change. Bachelor Nation met Clare’s men a week ago. But the coronavirus pandemic affected the show’s typical filming time frame. So, host Chris Harrison says that means some, or possibly all, of the cast may change. Yet, it might not be entirely a bad thing because this gives production a chance to up the age average.

The Bachelorette: Clare Crawley’s Men Unveiled – Fans Not Thrilled

When the show revealed identities of the men competing for Clare Crawley’s heart, many fans were disappointed. Soon, Clare will be the franchise’s oldest Bachelorette and fans expected a more mature group of guys. So, it’s a little surprising that the average age of Clare’s contestants is around 25. Only eight out of the 32 possible contestants are over 30.

The rest are in their mid-20s and the huge age gap has fans upset that The Bachelorette production couldn’t up the median age. Clare Crawley’s oldest contestant in her original line-up was 42-year-old Bret from Utah. Her youngest was 23-year-old James from Chicago. That’s a big gap for the more mature The Bachelorette lead.

Coronavirus Shuts Down Production on ABC Show

Chris Harrison and his girlfriend, Lauren Zima, who works for Entertainment Tonight, live-streamed with The Bachelorette Clare Crawley. They’ve been doing nightly “fireside chats” during the quarantine to keep fans (and themselves) from going stir crazy.

So, they invited Clare to talk about her upcoming season. ABC shut it down the day they were supposed to start filming. And that was due to coronavirus. Now, production won’t restart until they get the green light. And not all of the guys can afford to wait around for The Bachelorette production to pick back up.

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The Bachelorette: Clare Crawley’s Entire Cast Might Change

During the live chat, Chris Harrison revealed that the coronavirus has affected their casting choices. He said they couldn’t expect “everyone to be able to put their life on hold”. He said it’s a “slim” chance the guys they cast can wait that long. So, Chris said, “we are still casting” for The Bachelorette‘s Clare Crawley season. Chris predicted “there will be some different guys” or perhaps even “completely different guys”.

Chris said they don’t know “with the way the world is right now”. So, if you’re looking to match with Clare, you can still send in an application. Clare Crawley’s season was set to premiere on May 19, but now it’s up in the air when it’ll be on the air. Stay tuned for updates.

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