Bachelor Nation has been anticipating ABC's announcement for the next The Bachelor star for weeks now, and Dean -- who competed on The Bachelorette's thirteenth season starring Rachel Lindsay before appearing on Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor Winter Games -- is totally sold on Greg.
"I think it's going to be [Andrew Spencer], but I want it to be Greg," Dean, 30, toldUs Weekly.
"I liked Greg a lot. Greg is handsome. I know that he has his issues with the process, I guess, but I think if Greg was, like, the [lead] guy for his season, I think things would maybe go a little bit differently. That's who I'm pulling for."
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Mike recently revealed "the most important qualification" for being the Bachelor "is sincerity" and decisions regarding the next Bachelor have been "complicated."
Mike gave The Bachelor fans a more significant hint back on August 20 when he tweeted, "Our casting choice for your next #TheBachelor will unite #BachelorNation and solve all of the world's problems..."
While Mike insisted at the time ABC had yet to make a final decision on who will leadThe Bachelor's 26th season, presumably premiering in early January 2022, he made it sound like the Bachelor had already been chosen earlier in the week.
"All I can tell you right now is that #BachelorNation will be very happy!" Mike wrote on August 17. "Well, maybe not everybody ... #TheBachelor."
Mike explained at the time producers were "waiting for final approval" before they could make the "major announcement" to the world.
Both Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone and The Sun reported around the time of Mike's tweets that Greg, 28, was closing his deal with ABC to star on the upcoming The Bachelor edition.
Carbone tweeted on August 19, "(SPOILER): 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."
"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."
The Sun, who dubbed Greg a "risky choice," reported that "execs have talked about Greg becoming The Bachelorsince he left the show," according to a source close to the show.
"He would be one of, if not the most controversial pick and they know they will get backlash."
However, the source told The Sun that producers aren't afraid of getting people fired up.
In fact, protesting on social media began weeks ago, with many The Bachelor fans expressing outrage and anger at ABC's alleged decision to have Greg -- a former aspiring actor who has been described as "manipulative" and "fame hungry" -- hand out roses.
"I DONT WANT GREG AS BACHELOR. Why are we rewarding bad behavior? Another f**ked up white guy. WAY TO GO ABC," one Twitter user wrote, according to The Sun.
A source claiming to be Greg's friend for years previously described Greg as an over-confident "schemer" and "fame seeker" who is "phony" and has manipulated women in the past and played with their emotions.
Another Twitter user reportedly complained, "I have given the Bachelor franchise chance after chance after chance, but choosing Greg as the new Bachelor is my last straw."
Rumors have also been swirling that maybe Hannah Brown's The Bachelorette runner-up, Tyler Cameron, has been chosen as the next Bachelor. After all, Tyler teased on Instagram on August 17 that he has "exciting stuff coming" up and "whole lot to smile about!"
Bachelor in Paradise bartender Wells Adams also recently said "there is a big star in Paradise this year" who may be a Bachelor candidate as well.
"I think that everyone should wait for Paradise to air before we anoint anyone the next Bachelor," Wells told former The Bachelor star Nick Viall on an episode of "The Viall Files" earlier this month.
"I think that there is one particular person that everyone is going to want to be the Bachelor," Wells continued, "and whether or not they are even available to be the next Bachelor at the end of it remains to be seen."
After watching Bachelor in Paradise's Season 7 premiere on August 16, Nick reasoned on his podcast that Wells must have been talking about Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile because the endearing and quirky 35-year-old Chicago native seems to be receiving "a Bachelor edit."
Nick called Joe honest, earnest, relatable, and authentic, adding, "He's probably one of the best people at owning his awkwardness... and that comes across very charming."
However, it appears ABC is going to announce the Bachelor pick before Bachelor in Paradise's seventh season wraps airing on television.