The Bachelorette returns after a pandemic of waiting

Tali Sanders and Alexis Levine, Staff Writers

The new season of The Bachelorette premiered on Oct. 13, 2020.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season was postponed, as it was supposed to air in May 2020.  The 16th season features  39 year old bachelorette  Clare Crawley, the oldest bachelorette in the show’s history..  She will choose from 31 bachelors and looks forward to finding and marrying the love of her life. 

“I’ve been waiting for the season to air for months now and I’m so excited it’s finally out,” said freshman Ruby Ader. 

If you are unfamiliar with the way the series works, the bachelorette is expected to find the man of her dreams.  She goes on a series of dates with different men and chooses which one is best fit for her. 

The cast began filming the season in July and finished in Aug. in California.  This season will also be hosted by two people, Chris Harrison and JoJo Fletcher, instead of one.

Channel E! shared a promo of the new season, which looks to be tense and exciting.  It was also leaked that the season does not end well for Clare Crawley. 

Due to COVID-19, the producer and host, Chris Harrison gave very strict precautions to ensure they did not spread this very infectious virus.  He told the cast that they needed to be in a small and quaint bubble for two weeks prior to shooting and would have to refrain from their typical daily lives. 

“I don’t think it is smart to air a TV show in which so many people are involved in the production of it because of the pandemic,” said freshman Prue Stephens.

The 31 bachelors were chosen and ready waiting in their limousines to meet the lucky lady when production had to stop due to the pandemic.  This show was one of the first to get back into shooting after the height of the pandemic. 

“I felt so bad for Clare.  We were dressed and ready to go when we had to press the pause button.  We were the first major production to lead the way, and in doing so, we knew we had to set the bar high,” said Chris Harrison to Variety.

The rules are so strict that when Chris Harrison dropped his son off at college, he had to quarantine for two more weeks in order to join the bubble of the cast, even after testing negative. 

Because of the extremely long wait, many people in the country are looking forward to watching the new season, including some students from Schreiber. 

“I was devastated when the season did not come out because of Coronavirus.  I can’t wait to watch the new season and find out who she picks,” said freshman Izzy Montaigne. 

The season is continuing to be shot and released following the strict CDC guidelines put in place.  This show has yet to be cancelled or renewed for a seventeenth season.  You can watch it every Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.  It is definitely worth the watch