It’s Official: Reality Steve Confirms That Clayton Echard Is the Next Bachelor!

Sorry, Greg!

Welp, after a million years of waiting/a million tweets from Mike Fleiss trolling us, we finally know who ABC has cast as the next Bachelor. According to Reality Steve, 28-year-old orthopedic sales rep Clayton Echard is our next Bachelor—and if your immediate reaction to this news is WHOMST, don’t worry. He’s new here.

Clayton is a contestant on Michelle’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette, which hasn’t even aired yet. And get this: He’s already filming his season—meaning Michelle’s season won’t have even started airing by the time we start getting spoilers about who Clayton’s dating. As Reality Steve put it, “He’ll be 3 weeks into filming his season before you ever see him on your screen.”

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E! News has already dropped exclusive photos of what look to be Clayton's first days on-set. A source says the pics were taken on-set of a promo shoot for the upcoming season in Missouri—while Reality Steve notes that they’ll be filming around Clayton’s old high school tomorrow.

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As a reminder, the Hollywood Reporter was the first outlet to confirm ABC would be casting their next Bachelor from Michelle Young’s season and also dropped some other details—including the fact that production will begin at the beginning of September (which it clearly has), the next Bachelor season will air in January 2020, and a new permanent host will be announced soon. At this point, it’s unclear if ABC will hire Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe full-time (they’ve been doing an amazing job, so fingers crossed!), pick one of the rotating Bachelor in Paradise hosts as their next full-time host or go with someone completely new. But stay tuned!

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