These Former 'Bachelor' Contestants Are "Done" With The Franchise — For Now
It seems like a lot of the contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette can't get enough of the franchise. Nick Viall, next season's Bachelor, has already been on on The Bachelorette twice and Bachelor in Paradise once. However, some former contestants seem totally done with the Bachelor franchise, as they've made clear through their words and actions. As fans know, each new season of a Bachelor show typically functions by picking from the previous seasons' pool of contestants. One of the frontrunners from The Bachelor often becomes the next Bachelorette and vice versa, while Bachelor in Paradise is made up of those who were on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Occasionally, those who don't find love on one season will even return for a later season on the same show, like Viall. But there are also people who choose not to return at all after appearing on a show.
The most obvious candidates for Bachelor retirement are those contestants who've found their life partner on the show, and thus have no reason to return, but true Bachelor fans know that these successful matches are few and far between. Others have found love after their turns on the show, expressed some kind of reservation about the franchise, or outgrown that reality TV life. The former Bachelor contestants below have said that they're not returning to the franchise, but hey, only time will tell if they're for real.
1. Jared Haibon
Haibon appeared on Bachelor in Paradise twice, but he insisted after this summer's season that he was totally done. "As much as I would love to just do it every year hopefully I will be in a loving relationship by the next time Bachelor in Paradise airs," he told ABC News in August. "I’ve hit my ceiling. There’s no more. No mas for Jared. This is my last one."
2. Clare Crawley
When Crawley was sent home from Bachelor in Paradise in 2015, she made it clear she wasn't happy with the franchise. “If they would have just chosen me for The Bachelorette, I wouldn’t have to be here,” she said in her exit video. “I would have found my husband....This is my retirement from Bachelor in Paradise."
3. Luke Pell
Pell was a front-runner to be the next Bachelor, but he's since revealed he will not appear in future seasons. "At this point, I really don't want to go back into working on and in this franchise," Pell told Entertainment Tonight in September, mentioning that he was left with a "bitter taste in [his] mouth about the whole process."
4. Chris Bukowski
Bukowski was on five different Bachelor franchise shows, but he retired in 2015, announcing in a letter that he had become "obsessed with being on TV."
5. Kelsey Poe
Poe didn't officially retire from the franchise, but her Facebook post calling out the show's editing techniques makes it look pretty unlikely.
6. Graham Bunn
Bunn participated in The Bachelor franchise for seven years, but he called it quits in 2015, according to US Weekly. At the time, the magazine reported that he had started dating a "a very lovely lady" that he likes "very much," and he figured that viewers had seen enough of him.
These all seem like pretty good reasons to me, but I'll believe it when the entire franchise has ended (if it ever does) and none of these alums have volunteered to participate in Senior Bachelors In Florida.