"The Bachelorette" has reportedly given the axe to a swath of younger men in order to open the door for older men to date Clare Crawley on the upcoming season, according to a report.
Clare, 39, is the oldest woman to lead the popular ABC franchise. Following the announcement that Clare would headline the new season, many were critical of the men who had been cast — largely because most of them were in their 20s.
Producers and ABC have fixed that, according to Bachelor Nation blogger "Reality Steve" Carbone, who says that at least 13 of the 32 men initially cast for the show have been replaced.
"What I'll say is of the 10 'new' guys that I have, every one is 30 or older. So they definitely did Clare better in the age department during recasting," he tweeted. "Once that final cast list comes out, we'll be able to compare and contrast who made it and who didn't from the original 32."
It's unclear why exactly the men were dismissed, but the common suspicion is that the decision had something to do with their ages. (One of the dismissed men, Matt James, has already been cast to star on the next season of "The Bachelor.")
Steve adds that producers have also cast more men than usual in case someone is forced to drop out due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Last week, Steve said that Clare's season will take place exclusively at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California, which is just outside of Palm Springs. In the new format, "The Bachelorette" will operate in a "bubble" type of environment, much like professional sports leagues in which everyone entering the premises is tested and prohibited from leaving the grounds until they are eliminated.
La Quinta Resort & Club — not to be confused with the budget-friendly chain of inns of a similar name — features 41 pools, 21 tennis courts and eight pickleball courts, according to the website. In addition, there are 22 types of rooms available, including a luxe 2,000 square-foot suite that features a hot tub and a private pool. There is also, naturally, an array of flowers throughout the resort.