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"Bachelor in Paradise," which was canceled last year due to COVID-19, will return later this summer.
A series of rotating celebrity guest hosts will replace former series host Chris Harrison.
The cast includes "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile and Abigail Heringer, the franchise's first deaf contestant.
The season premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise" will air in August after a two-year hiatus.
The seventh season of "Bachelor in Paradise" was put on hold last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. While producers initially thought the show might be suspended, it was ultimately canceled and pushed to this year.
The series will start filming in June, in between Katie Thurston and Michelle Young's back-to-back seasons of "The Bachelorette," and will film for three weeks.
The season premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise" will air on Monday, August 16, on ABC.
The filming location of "Bachelor in Paradise" has yet to be revealed.
"Bachelor in Paradise" has been filmed at the Playa Escondida resort in Sayulita, Mexico, since the second season of the show.
However, coronavirus-related health and safety precautions may keep production in the United States, even though traveling to Mexico is currently permitted under strict guidelines.
"If people can get vaccinated, then maybe we're back in Mexico. If not, maybe there is a bubble situation in Mexico. We will figure out something," Rob Mills, a senior vice president at ABC, told Variety in January.
Another option would be to film the show at a resort in the United States, similar to recent seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
Former cast members were reportedly "apprehensive" to sign up for the show after the franchise was immersed in controversy this year.
"They have put out several asks to 'Bachelor' veterans," one source told E! News in March. "Many people are declining due to the current state of Bachelor Nation. A lot of people are removing themselves from the franchise."
"The Bachelor" has come under fire in recent years for its lack of diversity. After all, in the 19 years that the show has been on the air, only three leads have been people of color.
However, things reached a boiling point this past season when it was revealed that the first Black bachelor Matt James' frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell had attended an "Old South" party in college in 2018. She was photographed in a Civil War-era dress at a plantation-themed fraternity formal.
At the taping of the "After the Final Rose" special for James' season, Kirkconnell publicly apologized for the second time. They have since gotten back together.
After "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison appeared in an interview defending Kirkconnell's actions, he faced immediate backlash and subsequently stepped down from his hosting duties "for a period of time."
He has since fully stepped down from his hosting role. ABC reportedly struck an eight-figure deal with Harrison that would allow him to leave the franchise and not air any of the show's "dirty laundry" he reportedly witnessed during his years of hosting.
Ivan Hall, a fan-favorite cast member on Tayshia Adams' season, told E! in February that he wouldn't go on the show if Harrison was the host.
"I wouldn't feel comfortable if Chris is there, to be quite frank," he said. "[I'm] not saying he can't make a recovery, can't learn from all of this, but, you know ... it would just be too soon, really."
However, the cast includes fan-favorites from past seasons and undoubtedly a few dramatic twists.
On July 8, the first round of cast members was released. However, more cast members will be added throughout the season.
The cast includes Abigail Heringer, the show's first deaf contestant from Matt James' season; Brendan Morais, a finalist from Tayshia's season; Ivan Hall, another finalist from Tayshia's season; Joe Amabile, otherwise known as "Grocery Store Joe" who appeared on Becca's season and "Bachelor in Paradise;" Kelsey Weir, known for "champagne-gate" from Peter's season; both Serena C. and Serena P. from Matt's season, and more.
Joe Park, an anesthesiologist who appeared on Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams' joint season of "The Bachelorette" last year, also seems to be among the impending cast, according to how Rob Mills responded to a tweet about Park receiving his COVID-19 vaccine.
Mills shared Park's post on Twitter and added, "We've got ourselves a vaccinated Paradisian!!"
Joe Amabile's ex Kendall Long could also be hitting the beach on the new season.
The couple met on the fifth season of "Bachelor in Paradise" and got engaged in August 2019. However, after the pair called it quits last year, Long has said "it would be so hard" to see Amabile find love in paradise, according to Us Weekly.
According to Reality Steve, who's known for his "Bachelor" spoilers, the former contestants could both be appearing on the beach again this summer — time will tell if they'll find love with new people or get back together.
For the first time, Chris Harrison will not host the spin-off. Instead, a series of celebrity guest hosts will be traveling to paradise.
Chris Harrison is stepping down from his hosting roles on "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," and "Bachelor in Paradise."
While a permanent replacement for Harrison has yet to be announced, ABC announced that a series of celebrity guest hosts would be appearing on the upcoming season of "Bachelor in Paradise."
Among those confirmed to be guest hosting are David Spade, Lil Jon, Tituss Burgess, and Lance Bass.
Fan-favorite cast member Wells Adams will return as the series' resident bartender and will also oversee all rose ceremonies.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that Adams, who appeared on JoJo Fletcher's season of "The Bachelorette" and is now engaged to "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland, will be taking on a new role this season.
In addition to serving up margaritas for all of the Paradisians, Adams will serve as "master of ceremonies" at the rose ceremony eliminations. He will also guest host one of the episodes.
"Starts practicing 'This is the final drink of the..sorry, this is the final rose of the evening.' See ya on the beach!" Adams wrote in the caption of an Instagram post in June, confirming his new role.
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