Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorettewill ends with a dramatic two-night final on Monday and Tuesday – but we still have a way to go before the next Bachelor is announced.
“I’ll break this news: you won’t get [the Bachelor Announcement] during the final,” Chris Harrison told Lauren Zima of ET when she hosted the episode of the Bachelor Party podcast on The Ringer last week.
“It would be premature to call for [Bachelor in Paradise] now. It wouldn’t be smart at all … there are guys you haven’t seen yet,” he explained. Both Nick Viall and Colton Underwood were chosen as the Bachelor after appearances on Bachelor in Paradise.
Brown’s final will allow her to choose between three men, Tyler Cameron, Peter Weber and Jed Wyatt, all of whom are preparing for the next bachelor, according to Harrison. That’s right, even Wyatt, despite his ex-girlfriend, Haley Stevens, who came forward last month and claimed that they were having a relationship while he was on the show. She told ET that Wyatt was planning to return to her after filming, and claimed that he was only planning to make the top five to build brand awareness for his music career.
“Yes, he’s a contender. But I’ll say this, the finalists are always contenders,” Harrison commented. “This is a debate that is going on. It really starts the first night.”
A less controversial participant, Mike Johnson, is also being considered for the show, which would make him the first African-American bachelor.
“Big Mike left early … But you see the spark and you see that people are intrigued. And Big Mike is intriguing. He is sweet,” said Harrison. “He becomes a contender.”
“Then you have Tyler and you have Peter and you have Jed. So, yes. We’ll make this come true,” he continued. “There are a few old-school boys in Paradise who are changing lines … there are boys who are not even in the conversation yet and who might suddenly be in the conversation in the coming month.”
“Now we are really holding our judgment until we get to paradise,” Harrison added.
Brown’s season finale is broadcast on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET / PT on ABC. ET’s live Bachelorette final report starts at 10:05 AM. ET / 7:05 PM PT on ET Live, which you can stream on your Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV device.