ABC’s “The Bachelorette” — surely one of the world’s most unsanitary competition shows — is set to start filming again in California shortly after July 4, in spite of the raging pandemic.
Sources tell Page Six that the male contestants — who this season will vie for the affections of Clare Crawley — have to show up a couple of days before filming begins to get tested for the coronavirus.
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Well hello! Talk about most dramatic season ever! In all seriousness, Everyone’s health is the most important priority at this time, and as I’m sure you’ve heard, we are pressing pause for now on filming The Bachelorette. 🌹 We are taking it day by day and even hour by hour as this is so unpredictable. All I know for sure is that my heart is so full from all the love and support this far, and am still so excited for my journey to begin! I’ve waited 38 years for these moments, what’s a little bit longer, right! 😉❤️xoxo
And then, presumably, the traditional monthlong makeout-palooza will begin.
The bacterial bonanza — beginning as the deadly coronavirus outbreak is having an explosive resurgence in California — will lend an ominous new ring to the show’s trademark “final rose.”
When we asked for comment, Warner Bros. rep Greg Khach said, without asking if he could speak on background, “On background and not for attribution, there’s no comment from Warner Bros.”
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Perhaps fortunately, relatively few people are likely to see the sickly spectacle. The show — which once attracted some 17 million viewers for its premieres — has been on a downward trend in the ratings for years, and hit a record low last season, attracting just 4.7 million viewers, according to ratings-data analysts at TV by the Numbers.