BACHELORETTE Katie Thurston’s season is expected to be the “most successful EVER” after Chris Harrison left due to his racism scandal, The Sun can reveal.
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Katie Thurston’s Bachelorette season expected to be ‘most successful EVER’[/caption]
This season will be ‘more profitable’ as it won’t have to pay out Chris’ ‘seven-figure salary’[/caption]
According to a series insider, “this season is the cheapest it’s ever cost to produce a season for the franchise.”
The source explained that with the “entire season being filmed in one place” along with “Chris Harrison’s salary out of the picture,” it cost “far less” to produce this season than any others previously.
“If it does the expected numbers in the ratings, it should be one of the most profitable seasons,” the informant revealed.
Chris’ salary has never been officially confirmed, but it’s been reported he earned around $8 MILLION per season of the ABC franchise.
While Clare Crawley’s season last year was “originally on the cheaper side” as the show only filmed in Palm Springs, the budget rose when “filming extended longer than expected.”
Clare Crawley’s Bachelorette season was originally cheaper before unexpected production changes[/caption]
After Clare left mid-season, Tayshia stepped in to become the new Bachelorette[/caption]
Chris Harrison has been the franchise’s only host until this season[/caption]
The source said that this season was “much more organized” behind the scenes from a production standpoint because they had more time to “prepare for Covid protocols.”
Reps for ABC did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request for comment.
Last month, The Sun exclusively gave an in-depth look at the five-star Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa – which has been completely shut off to the public to film Katie’s season.
A staffer at the resort revealed to The Sun that Bachelorette producers rented “the entire” property – which filmed in March and April.
Former Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will host this season[/caption]
Katie gushed that she was ‘so excited’ to have the ‘support’ from the women[/caption]
The Bachelorette filmed at a luxury New Mexico resort – which the show rented out entirely[/caption]
However, the insider noted both Kaitlyn and Tayshia’s salaries “combined are still a fraction of what Chris made.”
After each finding love of their own, the former Bachelorette’s will return to the ABC series as co-hosts for the newest season.
Matt James broke up with Rachael Kirkconnell following her racism scandal[/caption]
Following a brief breakup, Rachael and Matt are currently dating[/caption]
An insider close to the show previously explained that the former face of the franchise is “mortified” he isn’t coming back.
“He pushed very hard with execs at the network. He was persistent for weeks, checking in and promising to do whatever it took to keep the job, almost to the point where he was begging.
The outspoken brunette has been one of the most buzzed about leads in Bachelorette history[/caption]
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“I don’t think he ever thought there would be a world without him as host. He really believed he would be asked to come back.
“And he never in a million years thought they would do a season without him,” the informant spilled.