ABC began its current practice of publicly announcing each The Bachelor and The Bachelorette season's possible cast in 2019 as an apparent attempt to further vet each suitor's background before filming actually begins.
Beginning last year with Clare Crawley's seasons of The Bachelorette, they also began bringing extra potential bachelors to the season's filming location in case anyone tests positive for coronavirus during the quarantine period that must occur before production officially commences.
Given a typical season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette usually features around 30 suitors, some of the 35 men are not expected to actually appear on Michelle's season of The Bachelorette.
The reported selection of a Bachelorette Season 18 bachelor will come as a surprise to many The Bachelor and The Bachelorette viewers given most assumed The Bachelor's Season 26 star would come from Katie Thurston's 17th season of The Bachelorette, which aired its finale on ABC in August and ended with Katie giving her final rose to Blake Moynes.
Both Michelle and Katie originally competed on Season 25 of The Bachelor, which starred Matt James and aired on ABC earlier this year.
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Last month, Carbone and The Sun newspaper had reported Greg -- who was accused of gaslighting Katie during a tense breakup conversation in which he unexpectedly dumped her only days before The Bachelorette's Season 17 final Rose Ceremony -- was closing a deal with ABC to star on The Bachelor's 26th season.
"What I've been hearing the past 5 days or so regarding the next Bachelor are this...been told it's going to be Greg. Obviously it's never 'official' until ABC announces it (whenever that may be), but at this point I would be very surprised if it's not him," Carbone tweeted on August 19.
"They pick who they pick and there will always be people upset no matter what," Carbone wrote.
"He's a polarizing figure that will have people talking, which is what they want," he added of ABC and producers. "But by all accounts and everything I'm being told, he's your next Bachelor."