Chad Johnson may have been booted off of JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, but his days on TV are far from over. In addition to his upcoming stint on the summertime spinoff Bachelor in Paradise, Johnson is being eyed by the franchise showrunner for a possible new series, according to People.
Bachelor executive producer Mike Fleiss recently took to Twitter to address the possibility of bringing Johnson back to his TV empire.
“I’m thinking Chad should be the next Bachelor spinoff…” Fleiss tweeted, before later adding another message clarifying what he meant: “Wasn’t saying Chad should be our next Bachelor… Was thinking he might need a new show of his own! #ChadtotheBone.”
I hear ya, #BachelorNation !!! How 'bout this little nugget? I'm thinking Chad should be the next Bachelor spinoff...— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) July 3, 2016
Wasn't saying Chad should be our next Bachelor... Was thinking he might need a new show of his own! #ChadtotheBone— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) July 5, 2016
Chad Johnson caused plenty of drama during his short time on The Bachelorette, and he reportedly caused even more trouble on Paradise when he called a female contestant a not-so-nice name. But Bachelor Nation loves a villain, and Johnson, a 28-year-old luxury real estate agent with a penchant for protein powder, is one who will go down in the show’s history.
While Fleiss hasn’t given any more details regarding his brainstorming for a Chad-starred series, Johnson himself has mused that the reality dating franchise should bring him back, solely for commentary purposes.
Buzz surrounded Chad Johnson before viewers ever set eyes on him on The Bachelorette. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly before the 12th season of the rose-filled reality show began airing, longtime host Chris Harrison dished that there would be a villain who could turn out to be the most hated guy ever to appear on the long-running reality series.
“There are some crazy dynamic characters, maybe one of the wildest guys that Bachelor Nation will love to hate this season,” Harrison said in May. “There are going to be some guys you really love to hate, then there’s going to be some guys that you’re not really sure about through the entire season.”
Chad proceeded to be a polarizing figure early on, butting heads with several of the other suitors, including Fletcher’s frontrunner, Jordan Rodgers. After he left the show, Johnson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show and revealed that he actually hooked up with rival Robby Hayes’ ex-girlfriend, Hope, after he left the reality show. Chad even posted pictures of himself smooching Robby’s former girl.
While traveling this weekend, our paths crossed and I finally had the opportunity to meet Hope Higginbotham in person. Let me just say, she is even more beautiful in person! A great girl like her deserves so much better than someone who lies, cheats, and ends a four year long relationship in order to pursue fame on a tv show. You're amazing, I miss you already ???? @hopealverta . . . . . #TheBachelorette #TheBachelor #TheChadelor #Bachelornation #bachelormonday #bachelormondays #realitytv #realityshow#realitytvstar #realitytvshows #realityshows #realitytvstars #bravotv #mtv #abc #joelle #realitystar #realitystars #tvshow #follow #followme #love #datingshow
In the same interview, Chad told Kimmel he was pretty sure he wouldn’t ever be cast as the next star of The Bachelor.
“I was possibly portrayed as a little too crazy to be that person,” Chad admitted.
While The Bachelor is a no go, if Chad Johnson were to get a TV spinoff, he wouldn’t be the first franchise alum to do so. The most recent Bachelor star, Ben Higgins, recently scored his own reality TV show with fiancée Lauren Bushnell, according to Us Weekly. Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After will air on the Freeform network this fall, and it will follow the couple as they adjust to life in the real world.
In addition, Johnson’s biggest rival, Jordan Rodgers, recently scored a TV gig on SEC Network, which is owned by Disney company ESPN. (ABC is also a Disney company.)
After Rodgers’ new deal was leaked, Chad Johnson quickly hit Twitter to accuse his rival of signing on to The Bachelorette just to further his career.
“Looks like @JRodgers11 got what he wanted out of all of this,” Johnson tweeted. “Way to play your role buddy! #TheBachelorette.”
Now, Chad Johnson might have a new TV career of his own—if Mike Fleiss has any say in it.
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