COVID-19 strikes The Bachelor: The women are left horrified as host Osher Günsberg tells them about the pandemic in a dramatic new teaser
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A trailer for Wednesday’s episode of The Bachelor reveals the shocking moment the contestants are told about the rapidly escalating coronavirus crisis.
The teaser shows host Osher Günsberg interrupting a rose ceremony to tell the women that World Health Organization has just declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
‘You may remember before you came into the mansion, there was growing concern about coronavirus that was beginning to spread around the world,’ he says.
Shocked: A trailer for Wednesday’s episode of The Bachelor offers a glimpse into the shocking moment the contestants are told about the intensifying coronavirus pandemic
‘A lot has changed since you’ve been here in the mansion and The World Health Organization has now declared a global pandemic.
‘The government is taking steps to curb the spread of the virus and to help save lives so things like pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres and anywhere people may gather are closed and many people are working from home.’
As the shocked contestants process the news, Osher explains: ‘Some states have chosen to close their borders but thankfully here at the mansion you are quite safe from everything that is going on.’
Update: After a dramatic rose ceremony, Osher Günsberg informed the remaining women The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic
‘As always, your health and wellbeing is absolutely paramount to everybody making this show, and they will do what is needed to keep you safe while you’re here,’ he adds.
However, later in the episode Osher informs the contestants that on-site production will be suspended, and the women are forced to leave the mansion.
The scenes in the trailer occurred during filming at the Bachelor mansion in Oxford Falls, Sydney, in March.
As they processed the news, Osher explained: ‘Some states have chosen to close their borders but thankfully here at the mansion you are quite safe from everything that is going on’
After production was suspended, the contestants continued to go on ‘virtual dates’ with leading man Locky Gilbert during lockdown.
As a result of the interruption, Channel 10 has been forced to air shorter episodes of The Bachelor this season.
The network and producers Warner Bros. were left with a dearth of footage as a result of the lengthy filming break.
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