THE Bachelor does not currently have a season with a gay lead in the works and Colton Underwood has “no plans” to return to the show, The Sun can reveal.
After being the first lead in the ABC series to come out as gay, many fans have wondered if the reality star would return to his roots to for love.
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Colton Underwood has ‘no plans’ to return to the Bachelor, a source claimedCredit: Good Morning America
ABC does ‘not currently have a season of The Bachelor with a gay lead in the works’Credit: Getty
However, a source close to production exclusively told The Sun that there has been “zero discussion” for a gay Bachelor.
“We’re still a ways from that happening. There are no plans of having Colton return to the Bachelor franchise anytime soon,” the informant added.
Fans will remember Colton first participated in Becca Kufrin’s season in 2018 before he was eliminated.
Later that Summer, he then competed in Bachelor In Paradise, where he was also eliminated.
Producers gave him his own Bachelor season, where he went home with Cassie Randolph after famously jumping the wall for her but the pair did not leave engaged.
Colton became The Bachelor in 2019 with a group of over 30 womenCredit: ABC
The reality star went on to become one of the most popular members of the franchiseCredit: Getty
Colton ended up with Cassie Randolph after he famously jumped a wall for herCredit: Getty
The 26-year-old was the first star from the franchise to publicly come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and praises the show for “making strides” but feels there’s a long way to go.
“I think that the franchise is making strides towards being inclusive in every way but it’s not an overnight thing.
“It’s not like ‘oh, Colton comes out as gay so next Bachelor will be gay.’ It’s not that simple but we’re headed in that direction,” she told The Sun.
Bachelor contestant Demi Burnett claimed ‘Karen’s’ are getting in the way of a gay leadCredit: The US Sun
Demi briefly dated Colton during his season of The BachelorCredit: Getty
She emphasized that she knows producers would “LOVE to have a gay Bachelor or Bachelorette.”
Demi explained: “I know that they’d love it but it’s going to take some time because there’s a huge audience with a lot of Karen’s out there.
“And it’s a TV show and they still need an audience and need to make money off of this.
“So slowly introducing these things more and more will get those Karen’s to understand a little more and more about it and get more comfortable with it.
“But eventually yes, of course there will be a gay Bachelor or Bachelorette or trans, how cool!”
Colton picked frontrunner Cassie Randolph as the winner of his seasonCredit: Getty
The two appeared to be a perfect match – constantly posting photos of each otherCredit: GC Images
Cassie and Colton split after nearly two years of datingCredit: Getty
In 2019, Demi made history when she publicly came out as bisexual on Summer spinoff Bachelor In Paradise and began dating Kristian Haggerty both on-and-off camera.
Though the two got engaged on the emotional season finale as Demi got down on one knee, they split less than a year later.
“I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it the next step, letting people know… I’m still nervous. It’s been a journey for sure.”
Cassie filed – and later dropped – a restraining order against ex ColtonCredit: Getty
Cassie Randolph has yet to comment on her ex coming out as gayCredit: Instagram/@cassierandolph
He further claimed that he was the happiest and healthiest he’s ever been, despite dealing with suicidal ideations for some time.
“I got into a place, for me in my personal life, that was dark and I can list a bunch of different things and they would be excuses.
“I would have rather died than say I’m gay and that was my wake-up call,” he said.
He continued: “Even just suicidal thoughts…driving my car close to a cliff, if this goes over the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal…I don’t feel that anymore.”