Blake took to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday and shared how he doesn't think The Bachelor franchise will last much longer. In fact, he thinks the franchise will end when Michelle Young's edition of The Bacheloretteairs on ABC this fall.
Blake offered his "bold statement" and "hot take" on the future of The Bachelor franchise following Chris Harrison's racism controversy and temporary leave of absence.
"Nothing lasts forever... I think there won't be another The Bachelor season," Blake, 31, said Tuesday in a Q&A session via Instagram Stories.
"I don't think there will be another The Bachelor season. I think it's going to end after Michelle. Yeah, I do!"
Blake acknowledged that's his "prediction," adding, "I could be completely wrong and look like an idiot in a year LOL."
But as to why Blake believes the show will come to an end, he explained, "Whether you think it's right, wrong -- whatever your stance is on the [Chris Harrison scandal] -- I think it drove away a lot of loyal fans and viewers. I think they're really not going to watch the show, and I think ratings are going to plummet."
Chris "stepped aside" from his hosting duties in February after defendingThe Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's racially-ignorant and racially-insensitive actions in the last several years, including posing for photos at an antebellum-themed "Old South" fraternity party at Georgia College & State University in 2018.
It remains unclear whether Chris will return to host The Bachelorette's eighteenth season starring Michelle later this year, but Chris previously made it known on Good Morning America he hopes -- and plans -- to be back on the show.
Once Blake made his surprising opinion known on Tuesday, a swirl of reports began circulating online, which prompted Blake to return to Instagram Stories and address all the gossip.
Blake asked his followers to read the actual articles and not just their headlines because they can be deceiving.
"I'm just giving you my opinion, okay?... It must have been a slow news day!" Blake concluded with a laugh.
Blake, who previously competed for Becca Kufrin's heart on The Bachelorette's fourteenth season before looking for love again on Season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise, may have a point about people not watching or wanting to participate in The Bachelor going forward.
"Some members of Bachelor Nation are apprehensive to sign up," the source shared. "Some are wondering what direction the season will take and are curious if it will strictly focus on contestants falling in love."
Another insider expressed a similar sentiment and told the website, "[Producers] have put out several asks to Bachelor veterans. Many people are declining due to the current state of Bachelor Nation. A lot of people are removing themselves from the franchise."