Buckle up, Bachelor Nation, because we are now officially guaranteed, hands down, a season of Bachelor In Paradise that will surpass all of our wildest dreams.
In a shocking turn of events, Nick Viall, the infamous villain who was the runner-up of both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, is making another surprise return to the franchise, and will join all the other Bachelor rejects in Mexico to drink copiously and make out with as many people as possible.
Viall, who works as a software salesman in Chicago, told every news outlet that would listen last year that there was no chance in hell he’d return to The Bachelor. That last Chicago winter must have been pretty cold and lonely.
And just to up the ante on the drama we can all expect this season, JoJo Fletcher’s ex, Chad Johnson, aka the Chad Bear, is also a confirmed member of the newest BIP cast. Someone had better tell Jorge the bartender to stock up on deli meat. That’s right, two of the most infamous villains of all time fighting over all the same ladies on one beach. That is, if Viall can even tear Johnson’s attention away from his nemesis, Evan Bass, who will also be joining BIP this summer. Someone pinch me; this must be a dream.
Provided those three don’t eat up all the available screen time (though let’s be honest, we all hope they do), other cast members include Jubilee Sharpe, Jared Haibon and JoJo’s most recent exes, Grant Kemp and Vinny Ventiera, who were both given the boot alongside Bass on this week’s episode.
41 days until BIP premieres, fam. Let’s start the countdown.
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