Now that Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette has come to a shocking conclusion, we can’t help but wonder if the producers will change the casting process moving forward. (Thanks a lot, Jed Wyatt.)
So what are they doing differently next time? Not all that much. As it turns out, the showrunners don’t have any definitive plans to change the vetting operation, which overlooked not one, but two contestants who were in relationships when they auditioned for Brown’s season. However, ABC president Karey Burke confirmed that the producers are doing what they can to weed out future contestants like Jed and Scott.
“I’ve been quite impressed by the production company and the show’s interest in continuing to improve and expand its vetting processes,” she said, according to E! News. “It’s an ongoing journey. Human behavior is mercurial, and I think the show does as good a job as it can vetting contestants.”
When asked about potential candidates for the upcoming season of The Bachelor, Burke confirmed that diversity is at the top of ABC’s list. (Fingers crossed for Mike Johnson becoming the first black Bachelor in franchise history.)
“I do think the show has worked hard to increase diversity. And it’s happening. And it’s continuing to evolve,” she continued. “And I think as that evolves, we will just continue to see more diversity from the franchise going forward.”
Before we know it, the written application for The Bachelorette will have a contact section for former flames, girlfriends and—dare we say—wives.