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Was The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise 2019 alum Mike Johnson ever seriously considered as a candidate to be the next Bachelor? If so, it sounds like it's news to him. He said he was not approached for any conversations about The Bachelor 2020 gig. Why the crickets, when fans have been calling his name for months?
The Bachelor 2020 will be announced at the Bachelor in Paradise Season 6 reunion, which airs Tuesday, September 17. Spoilers have already come out that it's Peter Weber of Bachelorette Hannah Brown's season. Pilot Pete will start filming his journey as the Bachelor that week and continue through November before The Bachelor Season 24 premieres in January 2020.
That early parental addition way back on The Bachelorette's "After the Final Rose" may have been a big hint to Peter as the next Bachelor, even though Chris Harrison said they were going to wait until after Bachelor in Paradise to announce the next Bachelor to see how people felt.
Well, if they watched Bachelor in Paradise they'd see how much people loved Derek Peth. They'd also see the outpouring for Mike Johnson, whose appearance on BiP felt like a Bachelor audition, with Mike not really finding a strong connection with anyone, perhaps saving himself for the full journey he may have hoped was ahead.
But Mike Johnson recently told ET, in an August 19 post, that he had not been approached to talk to anyone official about being the Bachelor. And that's long after Bachelor in Paradise taped, so The Powers That Be would know he didn't leave the show in a relationship.
Instead, Mike Johnson told ET he figured Peter Weber would end up The Bachelor:
So Mike is a fan of Peter, but also sees him as a "safe" choice like so many others from past seasons.
Speaking of what they've done before, spoiler guru Reality Steve has seen some of the Bachelor 2020 contestants ahead and had this to say:
Typical. So if you were rooting for size 0 blondes, congrats.
It's true that he's not on the show a lot, but that's not his fault. That's the producers not showing him on TV, even though fans have said they want to see him. This Mike and Sydney scene was deleted from Bachelor in Paradise, presumably so we could see more of John Paul Jones snorting from his nose, Blake sulking, Caelynn crying, or Clay getting conflicted about his feelings.
Why didn't they air more scenes from Mike, beyond showing him as a great listener and friend to lean on for others in Paradise? Did they think he was too boring? Here's more from Wells:
But why wouldn't Mike be ready? He was cool as a cucumber while Bachelorette Hannah sobbed while she dumped him. Plus, he's a veteran. I kinda think he could handle The Bachelor.
Mike Johnson's lack of demonstrative emotion was counted as a negative by another Bachelor in Paradise star. We just watched Chris Randone get married to Krystal Nielson, and he told ET Mike "failed in this process" to show his vulnerable side:
He needed to break down and cry like Colton Underwood to show he should be The Bachelor? They're waiting for tears, like it's part of a resume? So, Peter did a sufficient amount of crying and showing emotion -- but also suggested he's ready for the "pressures" of the job? Or something? Come on. Maybe they just picked Pete because Colton wants him off the market.
An unnamed source talked to E! before Reality Steve even revealed Peter was the official Bachelor choice. This source said Peter was The Powers That Be's pick since Hannah's season ended and Tyler started dating supermodel Gigi Hadid:
Why was Peter the first pick when fans went out of their way to say they wanted Mike? Pete even managed to dodge a mini controversy when his ex-girlfriend came out to say he dumped her right before Christmas, out of the blue, ghosted her, and then showed up on The Bachelorette. But Peter having sex four times with Hannah in a windmill (and then being dumped RIGHT after that, let's not forget) apparently sold his story enough.
Peter Weber will be announced as the new Bachelor on the Bachelor in Paradise reunion special on Tuesday, September 17. Expect A LOT of windmill jokes -- plus more pilot references, like we had with Jake Pavelka. Because that worked out so well the last time.