The Bachelorette 2016 villain Chad Johnson is set to return to reality TV after his short stint on Bachelor in Paradise. Multiple reports confirmed that the luxury real estate agent will be part of Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell’s new reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?
After appearing on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, Chad Johnson is back on yet another reality series. Entertainment Tonight confirmed that the 28-year-old was tapped to join the cast of Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins’ new show, which will air sometime in October. While Johnson’s appearance may come as a surprise to some, ET pointed out that the three already met as they were all in the studio audience at After The Final Rose for JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers last August 2.
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? is a Freeform unscripted series which will document Higgins and Bushnell’s relationship post-Bachelor. In an interview with E! News, Bushnell shared that they wanted the new show to be as authentic as possible, sharing both the highs and lows in their relationship.
“We don’t want it to be all just happy and go-lucky, we really want it to be real, and with that, Ben and I are human beings, we have our downs, we have our arguments. I don’t want any of our struggles to be censored. I want it to be very real.”
Some speculated that Chad Johnson’s appearance on Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? was a test to see if he is still as popular. Back in July, Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss hinted that Johnson could be getting his own show soon given the amount of interest he seemed to be getting from the Bachelor Nation.
“I hear ya, #BachelorNation!!! How ’bout this little nugget? I’m thinking Chad should be the next Bachelor spinoff,” he tweeted.
Johnson currently has over 250,000 followers on Instagram, and 99,000 on Twitter.
Fleiss’ tweet, however, was before Chad Johnson’s “messy” and “violent” behavior on Bachelor in Paradise. Given the backlash he received from the show, this could hurt his chances of getting his own Bachelor spin-off. Johnson, however, was quick to apologize to BIP co-star Sarah Herron on After Paradise for calling her a “one-armed b**ch.”
“I do want to clear it up. I obviously feel really bad. That is something she can’t control. A person with a disability. That is super messed up. But what happened and what was not aired is literally, she followed me around the entire day telling me what I could and could not say,” he explained.
When provoked, Johnson said that he had the tendency to tell people the worst thing he can think of so they would just leave them alone.
“I’m a guy with no filter. I will say the things I shouldn’t say. I will say the things I shouldn’t say. It came to a point, what I said to Jordan Rodgers on The Bachelorette, I’m going to take things on the max level and say the worst thing to think of to shut your mouth, to leave me alone. And that’s what happened. I do feel bad about that. I should not have said that.”
Before viewers assumed that he only apologized to make himself look good on television, Chad Johnson insisted that it was not his intention at all. He added that he was not “pulling a Nick Viall” to extend his 15 minutes of fame.
“I’m not trying to redeem myself. I don’t care if people think I’m a good person or a bad person. I’m not pulling a Nick Viall here and being like ‘I’m a good person now, please like me.’ I’m not trying to pawn teeth whitener on Instagram.”
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