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It’s Totally Possible To Do A Gay Season Of ‘The Bachelor’ Or ‘The Bachelorette’

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It’s Totally Possible To Do A Gay Season Of ‘The Bachelor’ Or ‘The Bachelorette’

In the wake of Colton Underwood’s coming out announcement, there’s been a lot of buzz about the possibility of a gay lead taking on the starring role on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. In fact, TMZ is reporting that producers are considering doing just that by giving Colton a second shot at the show. But aside from the question about whether or not The Bachelor is ready for a gay lead — or whether or not America is ready for a gay lead — another question remains, and that’s, “Uh, how would that work?”

Considering the format of the reality dating show relies on the contestants spending approximately one million more hours with each other than any of them ever do with the lead — and considering the fact that you’d either have a house full of women interested in dating women or a house full of men interested in dating men — some fans are rightfully raising the point that a gay season would lead to the contestants falling for each other and not the person they’re actually there to date. Bachelor experts like Instagram’s @bachelorusa have suggested that a Bachelor in Paradise format might work better, where everyone is on equal footing and it’s more of a free-for-all when it comes to exploring connections.

That definitely sounds like a fun show (and Are You The One’s sexually fluid season, which shared a similar premise, was definitely one of the messiest and most entertaining entries into that MTV property), but I’m here to make my case for a gay Bachelor or Bachelorette. If you ask me, it’s totally doable — and here’s why.

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