After dealing with more off-screen drama than occurs even down in Mexico, the tides of Bachelor Nation have calmed down and “Bachelor in Paradise” will be back with a brand new season this summer.
Returning for the first time in two years, following the industry-wide COVID-shutdown that halted production last year on “Bachelor in Paradise,” ABC’s guilty pleasure summer series will launch its seventh season on Aug. 16, bringing back a slew of fan-favorite alums who will continue their journey for love.
The new cast is comprised of 19 singles from past “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” seasons — who will then be joined by more contestants showing up as surprise additions throughout Season 7 — at a romantic resort in Mexico.
The cast includes Abigail Heringer from Matt James’ season, who is the first-ever deaf contestant to be cast on “The Bachelor” franchise; Brendan Morais, a finalist who quit on Tayshia Adams’ season; Ivan Hall, also from Adams’ season, who had a scene-stealing moment during a discussion about Black Lives Matter; Joe Amabile, otherwise known as “Grocery Store Joe,” who was first introduced on Becca Kufrin’s season, but then appeared on “Bachelor In Paradise” Season 5; Kelsey Weir, who is perhaps most notable for a bottle of champagne exploding in her face on Peter Weber’s season; Victoria Larson, a.k.a. the “Queen,” who became one of the most hated “Bachelor” villains of all time; and more.
“Bachelor in Paradise” Season 7 will mark the show’s first time without Chris Harrison following his highly-publicized departure from the franchise last month, which came after a mishandled scandal where he defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who was embroiled in a racially-insensitive controversy. Harrison, who had hosted the franchise since its debut in 2002, left “The Bachelor” with a $9 million payout, Variety exclusively reported.
No permanent host has been selected to take the reigns from Harrison, at this time.
In Harrison’s absence, the current season of “The Bachelorette” Season 17 is being hosted by “Bachelorette” alums Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, but “Bachelor in Paradise” is taking a more unique approach. Harrison will be replaced by a rotating slew of celebrity hosts, including Lil Jon, David Spade, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass and “Bachelor” alum Wells Adams, who will also return to his essential duty as the “Paradise” bartender.
Take a look at the full Season 7 cast of “Bachelor in Paradise” here:
Abigail Heringer of “The Bachelor” 25 (Matt)
Brendan Morais of “The Bachelorette” 16 (Clare and Tayshia)
Deandra Kanu of “The Bachelor” 24 (Peter)
Ivan Hall of “The Bachelorette” 16 (Clare and Tayshia)
Jessenia Cruz of “The Bachelor” 25 (Matt)
Joe Amabile of “The Bachelorette” 14 (Becca)
Karl Smith of “The Bachelorette” 17 (Katie)
Kelsey Weir of “The Bachelor” 24 (Peter)
Kenny Braasch of “The Bachelorette” 16 (Clare and Tayshia)
Mari Pepin-Solis of “The Bachelor” 25 (Matt)
Maurissa Gunn of “The Bachelor” 24 (Peter)
Natasha Parker of “The Bachelor” 24 (Peter)
Noah Erb of “The Bachelorette” 16 (Tayshia)
Serena Chew of “The Bachelor” 25 (Matt)
Serena Pitt of “The Bachelor” 25 (Matt)
Tahzjuan Hawkins of “The Bachelor” 23 (Colton)
Tammy Ly of “The Bachelor” 24 (Peter)
Victoria Larson of “The Bachelor” 25 (Matt)
Victoria Paul of “The Bachelor” 24 (Peter)