Let’s hope the ladies like a morning person! The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has been tantalizing — and frustrating — fans this week with hints about the ABC series’ next star, and his latest clue has some people wondering whether Luke Pell just got some very good news.
Fleiss turned heads on Thursday, August 11, by tweeting, “I will be announcing our new Bachelor right here on my Twitter account!!! Stay tuned… #TheBachelor.”
Hours later, after no updates had been unveiled, Fleiss returned to Twitter to explain himself. “Certain entities are forcing me to hold off announcing our next #Bachelor… Won’t be long now!!!” he wrote later that day. “But I promise you, the official announcement will be made right here!!! And soon!!!”
Alas, on the morning of Friday, August 12, Fleiss was suddenly playing coy, as he posted that he would be waiting to reveal the Bachelor’s identity until either the Olympics have ended or his number of followers hits the 100K mark. (He currently is at 63K followers, meaning fans probably shouldn’t be holding their breath.)
But he did offer one tidbit about the season 21 star: “Here’s a clue… He’s very handsome! And he likes sunrises more than sunsets.”
“The clues to who will be your next Bachelor will become more and more revealing as the official announcement approaches…,” the producer continued. “A new clue to who will be your next Bachelor will be revealed each day until the official announcement is made… #Who will it be?”
Needless to say, fans were not entirely satisfied by the sun-centric clue, which does not immediately suggest who is in the driver’s seat for the upcoming season. Some Twitter users, however, took the hint to be a nod in Pell’s direction, as the Texas-based war veteran grew up on his family’s ranch — which would require early hours — not to mention that his Twitter header image features an apparent sunrise.
On August 11, Us Weekly exclusively reported that Pell — who was sent packing by JoJo Fletcher from The Bachelorette season 12 in fourth place — is the front-runner to be the next Bachelor, with Chase McNary, Robby Hayes and Wells Adams also in the running.
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