The show must go on! Clare Crawley’s Bachelorette season was supposed to premiere in May, but her journey to find love was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fans are curious if it’s still happening after Matt James was announced as the new Bachelor on June 12, despite already being cast to appear as one of her contestants.

The Sacramento native, 39, isn’t being passed over. Warner Horizon Unscripted confirmed to Variety on June 26 that the production team is getting ready to finally begin filming, but things will look a little different this season. The cast will be traveling to an isolated location where they will remain for the entire production to make sure they can keep everyone safe and healthy. The cast and production team will be quarantined on-site for the duration, and safety protocols will be strict. So far, there’s no date set for when the season will actually begin airing. 

New Bachelorette Clare Crawley Smiles in Purple jacket With USA Flag on It
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If there’s anyone who’s deserving of finding love, it’s Clare, who first appeared on Juan Pablo Galavis‘ season in 2014. Since then, she appeared on the first two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor Winter Games. Afterward, she got engaged to Bachelor Nation’s Benoit Beauséjour-Savard. However, that was short-lived. The former flames called it quits one month later.

Fortunately, though, there are no hard feelings between the exes. If anything, Benoit wishes Clare the best on her journey as the new Bachelorette and even admitted he worries about her. The 33-year-old doesn’t “want her to get hurt,” he exclusively divulged to Life & Style.

Regardless of the risk, Benoit is rooting for the blonde beauty. “I’m glad she got that chance at finding love because we both trust that process,” he added. “All I want for her is to be happy because she deserves the best.”

He continued, “We are simply two people who believed in love and were open enough to give it a chance. We still care for each other very deeply.”

While it’s rare for there to be a throwback pick as the new Bachelorette, it turns out, show host Chris Harrison teased the possibility in February.

“We are big believers in there is no terrible idea, unless someone’s obviously married or in a relationship,” he told exclusively told Life & Style at the time. “But, if they’re not taken, and if they’re single, they’re a viable candidate.”

Who else is excited for season 16 to premiere?!