Get ready for 12 solid weeks of virgin jokes and innuendo, because Colton Underwood is the next Bachelor. (opens in new tab) Just in case you've been living under a rock for the past six months, Colton Underwood is the fourth-place finisher on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette, a former football player(?), and a multitude of other traits I'm sure we'll learn more about during his time as The Bachelor.
We do know he's wishy-washy and is really good at sliding in the DMs of women he thinks will be The Bachelorette, if the saga of Colton & Tia from Bachelor in Paradise has told us anything. His charity is named after himself, yet it was created for his cousin with Cystic Fibrosis.
Colton Underwood is the 23rd Bachelor, and Twitter. Is. Pissed.
The penultimate episode of Bachelor in Paradise's fifth season ended with Colton walking off alone, breaking things off with Tia after weeks of the two of them basically ostracizing themselves from the rest of the cast by not being able to choose each other but not wanting the other one to date other people. Clearly, people saw through that ruse.
So Colton broke things off with Tia during paradise to become the next bachelor? Noooo, no way! 😒 #bacheloreinparadise #thebachelor pic.twitter.com/cUAiPkOJhoSeptember 4, 2018
Rebellion and protests are currently being planned nationwide:
If Colton is #TheBachelor, we will boycott! We know we say this a lot but this time we mean it! pic.twitter.com/ccH8rJYKkdSeptember 4, 2018
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY REALLY NEED, ABC.
Also us, if Grocery Store Joe doesn’t end up being #TheBachelor: pic.twitter.com/rcFCWzZnxoSeptember 3, 2018
This tweet, speaking truth in a time of madness (it's never okay to judge someone for their sexuality, even though ABC most certainly will.)
Underwood (also known as The Artist Formerly Known As Aly Raisman's Ex-Boyfriend (opens in new tab)) was chosen over fellow contestants on The Bachelorette's 14th season, third-runner-up Jason Tartick and runner-up Blake Horstmann for the titular role, and people even went so far as to hope ABC would pull a last-minute switcheroo.
WHAT ABOUT BLAKE?!!! Seriously so obvious Colton left the show to be the bachelor #TheBachelorSeptember 4, 2018
Don't worry, not everyone's mad. Just most people.
COLTON IS THE NEXT BACHELOR. I WILL NOT MISS A SECOND OF THIS SEASON. #TheBachelorSeptember 4, 2018
To summarize the sentiment on Twitter in a GIF:
#TheBachelor Good Morning America: COLTON IS THE NEXT BACHELOR!!!Bachelor Nation: pic.twitter.com/iH5S6FRRxQSeptember 4, 2018
We'll see what's to come from Colton on The Bachelor, but we already know Tia's looking for a new wardrobe for her surprise limo exit.
Amanda Mitchell is a writer and podcaster with bylines at Marie Claire, OprahMag, Allure, Byrdie, Stylecaster, Bon Appetit, and more. Her work exists at the apex of beauty, pop culture, and absurdity. A human Funfetti cake, she watches too much television, and her favorite season is awards season. You can read more of her work at amandaelizabethmitchell.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @lochnessmanda.
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