The same day he came out as gay, former Bachelor Colton Underwood also announced a new reality show at Netflix. Life really does come at you fast.
Variety, who broke the news, says the project is currently in production, and will be an unscripted series that focuses on Underwood living his life as an out gay man for the first time.
There aren’t a lot of details currently, but out Olympian Gus Kenworthy will serve as a sort of “gay guide” for Underwood, helping him acclimate to his new community and identity.
Underwood came out Wednesday morning in a deeply personal interview where he told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts about his coming out process.
"Obviously this year has been a lot for a lot of people and it's probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror to figure out who they are and figure out what they've been running from or have been putting off in their lives," Underwood said in the interview. "For me, I've run from myself for a long time, I've hated myself for a long time and ... I'm gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing all of that. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know."
After being a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, the popular dating game show on ABC, Underwood starred on the spin-off, Bachelor in Paradise, in 2018. He was then cast as the titular Bachelor for season 23 of the show, which aired the following year. In the final episode, he gave his last rose to Cassie Randolph, but did not propose.
After the show, Randolph filed a restraining order against Underwood, claiming he was stalking her. In the filing, she said that “Mr. Underwood has been stalking and harassing Ms. Randolph. He has sent her unsettling text messages, repeatedly called her, and placed a tracking device on her vehicle to track her whereabouts." She eventually dropped the restraining order.
Before appearing on The Bachelor and its spinoffs, Underwood was a tight end in the NFL, playing for the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles. With Kenworthy there to help him, Underwood's forthcoming reality show is sure to go into what life is like for gay pro athletes.
While most people have been supportive of Underwood’s coming out, Real Housewives of New York star Carole Radziwill tweeted that maybe The Bachelor should vet its contestants to find out if they’re gay before they appear on the show. “I'm happy for Colton to be living his truth now,” she tweeted. “Is anyone talking about whether @ABC executives should be vetting their contestants better? Or what the women think?”