EXCLUSIVE: Cam Cranley reveals why he’s not the next Bachelor

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Is this what you expected?

After almost two months of rumours and a heap of quotes given by some, er, questionable sources (who knew these could be bogus!) we discovered on Wednesday that fan fave Cam Cranley is not our next Bachelor

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The coveted title has been passed on to Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins instead, following the formula that saw your fave, Sophie Monk appear as the first celebrity Bachelorette (and you’ve got to admit, she was really good value). 


With that many people convinced that Cranley had this season of the show in the bag, it’s no surprise that fans were pretty gobsmacked to hear the Disney-loving fireman wouldn’t be returning to Aussie televisions.

For that reason, and because we’re reality TV obsessives and need to know ALL the things, we chatted with the former Bachelorette-contestant himself and asked him exactly what went down. 

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First thing’s first: if you’re wondering whether or not he was asked if he’d like the role of Bachie, the answer is not officially. 

Cranley told NOVA:

No, I was never outright asked.”

“There were whispers at one stage, but they never developed. I think the show was worried that Sophie [Monk] changed the game and they needed to match that intensity,” he said.

However, that wasn’t the only reason things didn’t go ahead:

“I was also seeing someone at that stage which I thought may be serious,” he told NOVA. 

“Turns out she didn’t… But I didn’t want to be a hypocrite and end that to go on a show to find love, either.” 

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When it comes to the attention the Bachie alumni received in the lead up to Channel Ten’s announcement, he shared that he was (obvi) pretty chuffed about it all:

“In all honesty, it was really flattering that even one person wanted me as the new Bachelor,” he said. 

“I have had a massive response from not only friends and family, but also fans voicing their disappointment that I am not the new Bachelor. I think I've said it before, but I don’t think anyone thinks of themselves as a good catch, so to have people back you like that is awesome.”

But, while Cranley’s fans may be a little bummed that they won’t get to see him as the Bachelor, he's actually all for the choice of Nick Cummins:

“Nick is going to be bloody terrific,” he said. 

“He is the funniest lad. Pure Australian. I think the show has realised there are more ways to be a Bachelor than just a classic gentleman and has gone for someone with an abundance of personality. He will bring in an audience the show has never seen… or he will just make all the lads that always watched the show come forward and admit it.” 

He even shared an Insta post giving Cummins a shout out:

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Oh, and if you’re wondering whether Cranley is open to appearing on Aussie tellies again he said, “maybe not a dating show…” but that he enjoyed his television experience and that “I can definitely see myself doing it again”.

Before you go and get all upset though, he did say that he hasn’t completely ruled the idea of returning as the Bachelor out:

“I have no idea if I would do it if I was asked now,” he said.

“Give me another six months of being single and I would probably jump at it!” 

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Written By Stephanie Nuzzo