Former Bachelor Ben Higgins might be considering a career in politics, but that doesn't stop him from continuing to dabble in the art of reality television. In case you missed the news, Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are getting their own spinoff series on Freeform. Let's praise this like the gift it is. Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After will premiere sometime in October, and will follow the newly engaged couple together in Denver, Colorado as they navigate life post-Bachelor. EW spoke with more in-depth with the couple about what fans can expect from the show, including whether or not we can look forward to seeing any Bachelor alums on Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After.
Ready for this? According to Ben, we probably can.
Ben told EW that he still keeps in touch with a lot of the guys from both his season and the franchise, including (but probably not limited to): Tanner Tolbert, Jared Haibon, Ben Zorn, Shawn Booth, Chris Strandburg, Chris Soules, JJ Lane, and (wait for it) Nick Viall. Since JJ lives in Denver and is someone Ben considers a "pretty good friend" I think, at the very least, we'll get to see him again — but I'm extra pulling for a Nick appearance.
But, wait. What about the female contestants from Ben's own season of The Bachelor? Will they stop by? (Won't they? Please.) Ben said, "A couple of these girls have become Lauren’s closest friends in life, so I think a lot of them are involved in our life. I’m sure you’ll see them on the show because they seem to always be around." What are these drops of liquid coming from my eyes?
If you follow Lauren on social media, then you already know that contestant Amanda Stanton is her best friend forever and that the two are low-key attached at the hip. So chances of Amanda being on the show — especially if wedding planning takes precedence — are high. Just from watching the interactions on the show, it seemed that Lauren also got close with fellow frontrunners Becca Tilley, Caila Quinn, and yes, even the woman Ben Higgins also told he loved — JoJo Fletcher. Any (or all) of them could make an appearance as well.
When asked if she still talks to JoJo, Lauren said, "I am. I text her quite frequently just to make sure that she’s doing OK. I don’t know who exactly she’s with or if she is with someone, but I know I had that support coming out of The Bachelor and I wanted to offer that along to JoJo, especially because we are friends. We also talk about things other than The Bachelor. There is a friendship there."
Are we talking a friendship strong enough to prompt an appearance on a TV show that follows your ex and the love of his life?
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