'The Bachelor' star Matt James signs off Instagram before filming Season 25, gives shout-outs to Tyler Cameron and Hannah Brown
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/23/2020
The Bachelor star Matt James has signed off Instagram as he's about to begin filming the show's upcoming 25th season.
Matt took to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday and tagged his location as Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA, where The Bachelor is set to film its 2021 season instead of at the famed Bachelor mansion in Agoura Hills, CA.
Tyler finished as the runner-up on The Bachelorette's fifteenth season, which starred Hannah, in 2019.
Although Tyler and Hannah didn't leave the show dating or engaged, they remained friends and quarantined with each other -- along with Matt and other friends -- at Tyler's home in Jupiter, FL, earlier this year.
"@tylerjcameron3 what a crazy 6 months, I love you brother, wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you [and] your mama," Matt wrote, 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 ABC Food Tours founder added.
In his post about Hannah, Matt wrote, "Last but CERTAINLY not least.. Happy (early) Birthday Breezyy @hannahbrown."
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Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone tweeted on August 21 that The Bachelor's 25th season would begin filming at the end of September.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it's assumed Matt's The Bachelor season will be 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.
The look of Matt's season will therefore resemble The Bachelorette's sixteenth edition starring Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams, which recently wrapped filming on the West Coast at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA.
Clare Crawley began production of The Bachelorette in mid-July and the season will air on Tuesday nights at 8PM ET/PT this fall on ABC.
As long as Matt's season begins production on schedule, ABC should be able to roll out the premiere of Season 25 in January 2021.
Matt will be the first black The Bachelor star ever and shared how the reaction to his casting has been positive overall when he appeared on a late June episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever!.
"It's been nice, because to be honest with you, I've heard from a lot of my black friends that aren't Bachelor-Nation faithful who are excited about me and honored I'm in the position I'm in and have this opportunity to just represent what it's going to look like to have diverse relationships and tell those love stories," Matt gushed to Chris Harrison.
Beginning with Jason Mesnick in 2009, every The Bachelor star has been someone who had previously competed as a suitor on The Bachelorette, with the exception of the show's 2011 season which featured Brad Womack getting a second chance at love after initially starring as the Bachelor in 2007.
ABC acknowledged at the time the network has "a responsibility" to implement diversity in The Bachelor franchise.
"We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we're seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience," ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement.
"This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him."
"Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare's season. When filming couldn't move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor."
Matt came into the limelight last year as Tyler's best friend given Tyler frequently posted photos with him on Instagram.
Matt was initially selected to compete for Clare's heart on The Bachelorette's sixteenth season, but ABC chose to promote him and announce him as the Bachelor prematurely instead.
Clare therefore missed out on getting to know Matt romantically, but he'll have his own set of around 30 women to date this fall.
"Matt's built for this. He's a great person," Tyler told Harrison onThe Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever! earlier this summer.
"His heart will really show and shine, and it will be interesting to see where his heart leads him now... [Matt is] going to change the world. [So he needs] someone to take on that challenge with him."
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."