Clare Crawley has been through quite a roller coaster ride over the past several weeks.
And here’s the thing:
She hasn’t even started filming her season of The Bachelorette just yet!But Crawley first garnered a great deal of backlash upon being announced for this role by ABC because she had been away from the franchise for years and also because she was a lot older than any previous Bachelorette.
Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and all production in Hollywood shut down, leaving many to wonder whether The Bachelorette would even air in 2020.
Fans were especially curious how a show based entirely around close physical interaction could possibly be shot amid this kind of viral outbreak.
As of a few days ago, we sort of have our answer.
ABC confirmed that Crawley will, indeed, be The Bachelorette and that the series will film inside of a “bubble,” according to network executive Rob Mills.
There will be only one location for everyone and the program will emphasize responsible social distancing for all involved.
In other words: There WILL be a season, but it will be unlike any past season in the history of The Bachelorette.
Appearing on the latest episode of the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast, Crawley expressed extreme enthusiasm for finally getting a chance to get out there and meet her potential husband.
“I’m still in shock, I’m gonna be honest. I am so hyped about it!” Clare said.
‘Last week, I literally was, like, ‘Is this even — is this happening?’ Like, I have no idea.
“As a matter of fact, I found out maybe two hours ago actually when I’ll be going down and the final day that I’m leaving so it’s very, very soon!
Chris Harrison has said there may be some re-casting of suitors amid this pandemic and the necessary changes to the shooting schedule.
But Crawley does know some of the names who are on board… and she’s been doing some Internet stalking in response.
“Obviously. What woman wouldn’t, are you kidding me?” she said to hosts Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin about looking up these men on social media.