They’re back for more roses and another shot at love! Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss took to Twitter this week to reveal the first three cast members for the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise.
“Guess who is coming to Paradise!!!” he wrote on Thursday, May 26. First, he announced Caila Quinn, who was sent home after the fantasy suite dates on Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor. The 24-year-old was originally slated to become the next Bachelorette and even filmed an intro, but she was replaced by runner-up JoJo Fletcher at the last minute. Producers felt Fletcher's story line would resonate more with viewers after Higgins told both her and winner Lauren Bushnell that he loved them.
A few hours later, Fleiss gave fans another name: “And Lace, of course!!!” Lace Morris was also one of Higgins’ suitors until she eliminated herself to take some alone time. It's no surprise the outspoken contestant, 25, is heading to Paradise since Chris Harrison invited her to join the season 3 cast during The Women Tell All special in March. “I would like to go to Bachelor in Paradise,” she responded at the time.
“Ok … And Ben Z!” Fleiss added. Ben Zorn, who vied for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s heart on The Bachelorette, is going to try to find love this summer as well. Zorn, who has now transformed into an insanely buff bodybuilder, previously told Us Weekly that he declined an invitation to join the season 2 cast, but it seems now that he’s changed his mind!
Fleiss also joked about one more person he wants back in Paradise — Jorge the bartender, whose role of getting everyone drunk and occasionally handing out date cards on season two of BIP made him a star, too. “Jorge is a tough negotiator,” he tweeted. “We are in the process of trying to finalize his deal.”
The Bachelor creator teased more casting updates during Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette. The final cast list for Bachelor in Paradise, which premieres on Tuesday, August 2, will be announced after Fletcher’s season concludes, since some of her rejected suitors may be contestants on BIP.
The Bachelorette airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.
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