But only 24 bachelorettes will remain after Matt's first night of starring on the reality dating competition.
In early October, ABC announced an initial cast of 43 diverse bachelorettes who "may" have a chance to meet and date Matt when the show began filming just days later.
A bunch of extra potential bachelorettes were presumably invited to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania, where Season 16 of The Bachelor filmed, in case anyone tested positive for coronavirus during the pre-production quarantine period.
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, producers executed the same casting method for Clare Crawley's The Bachelorette season at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA.
ABC went about things in a similar way when 42 bachelors were announced for Clare's The Bachelorette season in July but then only 31 bachelors made her official Season 16 cast, which was released in September.
It appears the following ladies -- who were announced as part of Matt's initial 43-bachelorette cast -- were ultimately dropped from Matt's Night 1 lineup: Brittany Galvin, a 23-year-old from Chicago, IL; Catalina Morales, a 29-year-old from Caguas, Puerto Rico; Kennedy Taylor, a 23-year-old from Washington, DC; and Kim Li, a 28-year-old from Cypress, CA.
Madison Nelson, a 27-year-old from Granger, IN, was also among the 11 women who didn't make the cut in addition to Marie Dolce, a 25-year-old from Sandusky, OH; Michelle Young, a 27-year-old from Woodbury, MN; Nicole Remy, a 25-year-old from Lakewood, WA; Nicole Rovner, a 31-year-old from Wilmette, IL; Ryan Claytor, a 25-year-old from Mechanicsville, VA; and Nitalia "Talie" Lewis, a 24-year-old from Belmont, NC.
"See y'all in a few months," Matt wrote in his Instagram Stories at the time, before giving a shout-out to his best friend Tyler Cameron and wishing The Bachelorette alum Hannah Brown a happy birthday.
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"@tylerjcameron3 what a crazy 6 months, I love you brother, wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you [and] your mama," Matt continued, referencing Tyler's mother Andrea Cameron, who unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurysm in March at age 55.
"Oh & I'll be back, with a plus one," the real estate broker and ABC Food Tours founder added.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Matt's The Bachelor season was likely filmed at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort all season long given it would be risky -- and in some cases, not possible -- to travel around the U.S. and internationally.
ABC reality chief Robert Mills told Ryan Seacrest during a late June appearance on On Air with Ryan Seacrest that The Bachelor had already seen a "record-setting pace" of 6,500 applicants for Matt's season by that point, which he called "fantastic."
Below is a listing of the 32 women who will be appearing on Matt's The Bachelor season. Click here to see photos of the women.