Wells Adams, the beloved Bachelor Nation bartender, reveals the Bachelor In Paradise season 8 cast members weren’t too happy about the new twists.
Every season of a Bachelor Nation show involves drama between the contestants, but according to bartender Wells Adams, the cast of Bachelor In Paradise season 8 turned their anger toward the producers of the Bachelor Nation series after several twists were implemented. Oftentimes, when a reality TV show introduces a new way of doing things, it can be hard for both the stars and fans to adjust. Take, for example, the Shot in the Dark twist in Survivor seasons 41 and 42, which many found to be a massive flop. It’s unclear what ABC has in store for the latest group of singles to hit Paradise, but whatever it is, they weren’t on board.
As The Bachelorette season 19 prepares to wrap up the roller coaster journeys of Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, Bachelor Nation is already looking ahead to a fresh installment of Bachelor In Paradise. Several of these leading ladies’ exes, including Johnny DePhillipo and Logan Palmer, are set to appear, as well as franchise favorites like Michael Allio, Sierra Jackson and Andrew Spencer. A first-look Bachelor In Paradise season 8 trailer showed the usual romance, betrayals and food-inspired dates. But a shocking scene showed host Jesse Palmer telling the ladies, “Go pack your bags. You’ll be leaving paradise immediately.” This news didn’t go over well, with the women screaming some choice words at Jesse from a balcony.
Wells, a staple of Bachelor In Paradise, enjoyed a front row seat to the drama from behind his station at the bar. In a recent interview with Us Weekly, the Bachelor Nation star revealed that audiences will see some new twists in Bachelor In Paradise season 8, including some that didn’t quite resonate with the cast but that Wells thoroughly enjoyed. “From where I sat, I loved it. Now, the cast did not like it very much,” he said. “You’ll see a lot of [Bachelor In Paradise] cast members be kind of angry at some of the things we throw at [them] this year, but it’s a fun show and, you know, I guess it’s a testament to how much ABC believes in the show.”
Still, Bachelor In Paradise isn’t straying too far from its roots. Wells assured fans that they can expect the usual crying, comedy and, of course, influx of crabs. As usual, there will also be the formation of unlikely couples. “It’s so funny ’cause everyone always comes into that show thinking like, ‘So and so would be great [together]’…It never works out that way,” he said. “And I think that’s what’s great about the show is that you never really know what’s coming.” For example, several cast members from Bachelor In Paradise season 7 found love with an unexpected person, from Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt to Becca Kufrin and Thomas Jacobs.
Based on Wells’ comments, it seems that audiences might actually enjoy the twist from an entertainment standpoint. For the sake of the franchise, hopefully this is the case. Criticism has run rampant throughout the current season of The Bachelorette. A number of fans felt it was accelerated, leaving viewers struggling to get to know the men. Then there was the running concern that Gabby and Rachel were being pitted against each other. Now some aren’t thrilled about rumors that Zach Shallcross will lead The Bachelor season 27. Time will tell if Bachelor In Paradise will be the focal point of more negative feedback when it premieres at the end of September.
Bachelor In Paradise season 8 premieres September 27 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.