ABC’s hit reality TV show The Bachelorette is delaying the start of production on its 16th season with Clare Crawley as the lead due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television group said, “With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based.”
The Bachelorette, which was set to begin filming tonight, joins a long and continuously growing list of movies, TV series, music festivals, and other major events being put on hold in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. There is no word yet whether the delay production will affect the premiere date, which is currently scheduled for Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET.