He’s baaaack! Chris Bukowski was officially announced on the cast list for season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise. The stud has appeared across the franchise a whopping five times. Fans were shocked when it was revealed that he would be heading to Mexico because he previously announced his retirement from Bachelor Nation in 2015. However, the beach beckons, right?
Let’s rewind all the way back to season 8 of The Bachelorette. Chris, 32, first appeared as a contestant vying for Emily Maynard‘s heart. The Chicago native made it all the way to hometown dates but was sent packing afterward.
He left quite an impression because he was invited back for season 3 of Bachelor Pad and finished in the top four. Here’s a bit of a history lesson: Bachelor Pad was the predecessor for Bachelor in Paradise where former contestants competed for $250,000. Sort of like Big Brother, the last person standing wins the money (or could choose to split it with the finalists) but they had to survive eight weeks of eliminations. It was canceled after three seasons.
After that, he crashed Andi Dorfman‘s limo arrivals on night one during season 10. He begged the producers to let him meet the Atlanta native. The leading lady thought it would be unfair to the other contestants so she declined.
Next stop, Paradise! During season 1, Chris ended up quitting during week 3 due to a knee injury. He invited contestant Elise Mosca to leave with him so they could continue their relationship outside the show. She did but they broke up about a month later.
Chris tried again during season 2 of Paradise. He arrived during season 5 but was unable to find someone to use his date card with and ended up giving it away. “What you saw is me at my absolute weakest moment, masking everything in my head behind ounces of alcohol,” Chris wrote in a lengthy open letter after his downward spiral in the spotlight. “I returned to Bachelor in Paradise in hopes of finding a date to my sister’s wedding. I left without a single memory of my time there.”
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“I won’t miss it. I can’t wait for my television career to be over. I miss being me,” he continued about his official exit from reality television. “And after today, I get to be me again.” The reality star noted that he was excited to start this new chapter. “I’ll never say I regret being a part of it because at the time I always had a reason for doing what I did. At this point, it’s all in the past. I want to be Chris again.”
Good luck, dude!