THE BACHELOR executives are fearing the worst ratings ever for Zach Shallcross’ upcoming season, The U.S. Sun can exclusively reveal.
The reality show will begin its 27th season next week, but there are concerns behind-the-scenes that the franchise might soon be scrapped by ABC.
Season 27 of The Bachelor starring Zach Shallcross begins next weekABCGetty Images – GettyJesse Palmer will continue as host[/caption]
Bachelor Zach, 26, was first introduced to fans as a contestant on Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia’s season of The Bachelorette, but bosses are worried he is not the engaging lead the franchise needs.
“With Zach, execs fear they really made the wrong choice because there haven’t been any indicators people care,” a source exclusively told The U.S. Sun.
“Even with past seasons when [viewers] hated who was chosen as the lead, that drove a passionate outcry on social media or some kind of uproar online. There was an indicator people cared, even if they didn’t love it or they hated it, they cared.”
According to the source, execs are worried about the lack of social media engagement ahead of the season 27 premiere on January 23.
“It’s been minimal at best for what engagement they were hoping to get leading up to the premiere.”
With concerns about the lead, Bachelor producers are also worried the show’s time on air could be over after this season.
“The show has clearly had its ups and downs but this is the first time the big bosses are actually fearful ABC is going to pull the plug,” the insider shared.
“The Bachelor has been a downhill mess that they are trying to keep from falling even farther down but execs are preparing this premiere to be the lowest in the show’s history.”
Meanwhile, production is still said to be “a mess” following host Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes exit in 2021.
“There is no clear direction of the show and the crew is exhausted dealing with the never-ending drama,” the source claimed.
“They are working hard and feel the finished product isn’t worth what they’re put through.”
However, ABC is reportedly happy with Chris’ replacement Jesse Palmer, for whom the new season will be his second as host.
“Everyone on set loves Jesse Palmer… there’s no doubt he’s done a good job. He’s very professional and kind.”
ZACH THE BACH
After Zach was announced as the next Bachelor in September, he received some negative reactions on social media.
“Dear god, is he boring,” slammed one viewer.
“The Bachelor new season is already boring,” complained another.
“This might be my least favorite Bachelor announcement yet,” a third wrote.
Despite the backlash, Zach shared a message for the upcoming season’s contestants.
“Come into this ready for love,” he told his potential fiancée.
“It’s really important to let yourself be vulnerable. If you let yourself be true, be open to finding love, it can happen.”
Season 27 of The Bachelor premieres Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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ABCFans have claimed Zach is a ‘boring’ choice for lead[/caption]
ABCThe new season begins January 23 on ABC[/caption]