Greg Grippo could be ABC's next Bachelor – but fans are divided over the risky choice

Edison, New Jersey – Bachelor Nation's rumor mill has been churning at warp speed, claiming the next chap to be named Bachelor on The Bachelorette will be none other than the polarizing Greg Grippo.

Greg Grippo has been one of the most polarizing contestant on The Bachelorette.
Greg Grippo has been one of the most polarizing contestant on The Bachelorette.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@greggrippo

As speculation swirls on who could be named the next leading player of The Bachelor, chatter has turned to a controversial candidate in Greg Grippo, second-runner up on Katie Thurston's recent season of The Bachelorette.

Gossip blogger Reality Steve tweeted last week: "Been told it’s going to be Greg. Obviously, it’s never 'official' until ABC announces it (whenever that may be), but at this point I would be very surprised if it’s not him."

It is unclear when the choice will be announced, but the blogger also claimed that The Bachelor's next season should be premiering on January 3, 2022 – indicating that filming could begin sometime in late September or October.

But will Greg Grippo be the next Bachelor?

ABC producer Mike Fleiss tweeted teasers earlier this week, but reiterated that "no official decision has been made."

"All I can tell you right now is that #BachelorNation will be very happy! Well, maybe not everybody…" he wrote.

The only thing his tweets confirmed was that Greg Grippo would surely be a dividing and risky choice for the next Bachelor.

Fleiss' comment sections were bombarded with calls of "choose Greg" and "how dare you pick Greg." Subsequent polls have sprung up across the internet with practically equal voting results on whether the New Jersey native should be The Chosen One. A recent internet petition was also created and signed by over 6,000 fans protesting him as the next pick.

One thing's for certain: Selecting Greg Grippo as the next Bachelor will likely alienate a large amount of the show's fan base.

Greg Grippo might want to be the next Bachelor, but has fallen out of favor amid gaslighting debate

Bachelorette Katie Thurston chose Black Moynes as her fiancé and Bachelorette winner.
Bachelorette Katie Thurston chose Black Moynes as her fiancé and Bachelorette winner.  © Screenshot/Instagram/blakemoynes

Greg Grippo shocked viewers of Katie's season earlier this month when, after being declared her "front-runner," he abruptly chose to exit the show.

A classic he-said-she-said ensued, with Greg feeling like he poured his heart out to Katie without receiving the same level of affection back, and her believing that he flipped the script by letting one awkward moment dictate his departure.

She followed up on the show's finale during their explosive first meeting since the fallout by accusing him of gaslighting her – and dividing Bachelor Nation in a heated debate over who was in the wrong.

Greg was seen by those in his corner as simply a loveable romantic who felt he was more invested than Katie – and perhaps rightly so, since she chose to get engaged to someone else in the end.

Fans believe that Grippo is too unstable to be The Bachelor

Those who've turned against Greg have claimed him to be unstable, and a contestant who ultimately rejected the open relationship parameters of the dating show.

"If he is the next lead, we will stop watching," claimed writers of the recent petition against him. "If he is made the Bachelor, the franchise will be publicly validating that emotional manipulation is love."

"It would be a major set back for the gender based violence movement and a stain on the franchise’s already sordid history," it added.

Who else, apart from Greg Grippo, could be the next bachelor?

Greg Grippo is not the only potential Bachelor to enter the mix.
Greg Grippo is not the only potential Bachelor to enter the mix.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@greggrippo/@michael_alliol4

Yet, ABC producers could go in a different direction entirely, with many other fans believing Andrew S. will be The Bachelor incumbent. Andrew even poked fun at all the heat being thrown his cast mate's way, calling the season "the Greglorette."

Adding to the swirling speculation, a user identifying themselves as Greg's uncle reportedly replied to Reality Steve's prediction with a since-deleted comment.

"You are wrong. They offered it to Greg but he declined. They wanted him. It will be Andrew," Greg's alleged relative tweeted.

Taking things in a different direction, a recent casting notice for the show said it was searching for "divorcees and single mothers." It has pointed to Michael A. perhaps being the most probable candidate – a widowed single father who was also an early departure from Katie's season.

He recently captioned a post with a bit of mystery, writing "What's next?" Fans are wondering the same.

Cover photo: Screenshot/Instagram/@greggrippo

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