Just a day after former The Bachelor star Colton Underwood turned gay, Hollywood has already started considering a new gay iteration of the series.
TMZ reports that while no formal discussions have yet started, the producers of the longtime ABC reality TV series have already started to consider the possibility of an all-gay version of the show. The website reports that “the show’s bigwigs didn’t weigh in and there wasn’t a formal discussion, but creative ideas for TV shows usually begin with in-store discussions between producers and other staff, and it’s happening now. ”
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Whether or not a gay Bachelor would involve the return of Underwood – who is already filming a new reality show starring Gus Kenworthy for Netflix – remains an open question.
Despite the popularity of dating and relationship reality TV shows such as The Bachelor and its female counterpart The Bachelorette, LGBTQ-themed shows remain rare. In 2003, the Bravo Boy Meets Boy series broke new ground by featuring a gay man looking for a mate. Sadly, the show also featured the dubious twist that half of its potential suitors were, in fact, straight. This twist drew harsh criticism from critics and LGBTQ people; the show has not been renewed for a second season. In 2019, the MTV series Are You The One? produced a season made up entirely of sexually fluid contestants (including a transgender male) vying for a cash prize if they could “properly” match up to their best game of the series.
We also have to point out that given the history of some wild relationships with The Bachelor, an all-gay version would likely be an audience winner … for one reason or another. I’m just saying.