On Tuesday, ABC revealed that Colton Underwood will lead the series' upcoming season during a segment on Good Morning America. Following the announcement, fans took to Twitter to share their displeasure at the news, many even using the hashtag #NotMyBachelor.
— Bekah Berger (@BekahBerger) September 4, 2018
Others expressed doubt that Underwood is ready for a long-lasting commitment following his unsuccessful run on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette and his breakup with Tia Booth on Bachelor in Paradise, which aired on Monday.
Not really a huge fan of the pick for the new #TheBachelor
Feel like they have been FORCING him down our throats and trying to MAKE us like him for 2 seasons
— Lunchbox (@RadioLunchbox) September 4, 2018
#NOTMYBACHELOR can’t believe Colton is chosen just because he is a virgin! He is a complete immature mess.
— Patricia Nelson (@slowrunner40) September 4, 2018
Some viewers simply expressed their general anger at the newest suitor.
— racHELL of the living dead 🧟♀️💀⚰ (@VeganRachel) September 4, 2018
— Julianna Fatica (@juujubeee) September 4, 2018
Not all fans were against the choice, though. Some did take to Twitter to express their support for the upcoming leading man.
COLTON UNDERWOOD IS THE BACHELOR, I CANNOT WAIT!
— Caroline Pierce (@CarolinePierce8) September 4, 2018
Everyone so pressed about Colton being the Bachelor.
— Kayla ❥ (@BBKayla14) September 4, 2018
Y’all need to chill out. Is the WoRsT cHoIcE fOr BaCheLoR really a guy who respects women, has a successful charity, and is open to showing and talking about his emotions? Get over yourselves #TheBachelor
— Here for the Rose (@bach_nation_) September 4, 2018
Regardless of what fans were hoping for, the producers are feeling optimisticabout their pick.
"Producers knew a lot of fans were into Jason Tartick and Blake Horstmann, but Colton's whole narrative was just too good to pass up," a source close to production told ET on Tuesday. "He's a virgin, he's handsome. He's a former football player who now runs a charity."
The source continued, "He knows how to bring the drama and tears and proved that over and over on both Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. And he's been a pretty good guy to work with for them. Producers definitely expected some backlash from certain fans, but that always happens and they think Colton will make for a good season."
So far, it appears that Underwood is blocking out all the noise and is focused on starting his journey. In two social media posts, he declared that it's "time to find a wife."
Following the announcement on GMA, Underwood sat down for an interview with Michael Strahan, where he told the co-host that he hopes the "third time's the charm."
"That’s what I’m looking forward to the most, being engaged and getting married shortly after that,” he gushed.