LANCE Bass has called for a gay Bachelor season that he hopes to host after wrapping up his three-episode run for Bachelor in Paradise.
The NSYNC star asserted that LGBTQ dating shows are “so needed” right now in pop culture.
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Lance, 42, has shared his hopes for a gay Bachelor season in an interview with Variety.
The singer thoroughly enjoyed his hosting stint on Bachelor in Paradise which wrapped on Tuesday and hopes to be able to return in a new light.
“If you want the most dramatic season ever, do an LGBT version,” he told the outlet.
“I think maybe it’s the time for ‘The Bachelor’ to do a gay Bachelor. I think that would be so much fun. And I definitely know a host if you need it,” the 1990’s icon suggested.
“I have not talked to anyone about that, but I would be so down.”
EXPANDING THE FAMILY
Lance also explained how he met his husband Michael Turchin close to the shooting location of Bachelor in Paradise in Punta Mita, Mexico, after coming out publicly in 2006.
The couple tied the knot in 2014, and are awaiting the birth of their surrogate twins this fall.
IN WITH THE NEW
The soon-to-be father has come forward with hope for unscripted dating shows that cater towards same-sex relationships, a market virtually untouched thus far.
Lance did host the show Finding Prince Charming in 2016, a gay competition series presented by Logo network, but after one season the series was canceled.
“I don’t know why they didn’t do a second season of that,” he admitted, before saying that LGBTQ dating shows are “so needed.”
Bachelor in Paradise did make their first attempt towards same-sex recognition in 2019 when they followed the storyline of contestant Demi Burnett who came out as sexually fluid during her time on the show.
Demi ended up proposing to her girlfriend Kristian Haggarty during the season six finale, though they split in 2019 and she has returned for the current season.
Lance mentioned her storyline, commending the franchise for highlighting a same-sex relationship.
“Demi obviously had the first LGBT storyline on ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ so that seems like a place that is a great venue for all love stories,” he claimed.
“I love the fact that they’re really branching out.”
The vocalist also mentioned The Bachelor’s new senior citizen spinoff, which is currently in the casting process.
“They’re doing the seniors next, which I think is such a great idea. I like that they’re trying different things and I think the next step, the obvious step, would be an LGBT version.
“I would love to see a show where you had lesbian, gay, trans, bi. To me, bisexual is just such an interesting thing to watch because everyone is an option,” he elaborated.
Not only has Lance been a big proponent of gay contestants, but he was also the first gay host the franchise has seen yet.
Later this month, Tituss Burgess will take over as the second after Chris Harrison’s departure earlier this year.
FOREVER A FAN
Even the beloved pop star has been left out of the loop on how the current Bachelor in Paradise season ends, as he added: “They even keep it from me, which I love as a viewer.
“I want to be surprised, too, so I can’t wait to watch it to see how things turn out. I have a lot of hopes for some of these couples and I feel a responsibility for a couple of these people falling in love.
“I have been part of Bachelor Nation since Season 1. I’ve watched every season of ‘Bachelor’ or ‘Bachelorette,’ and when ‘Paradise’ came about, it really changed everything for me because it’s just the ultimate in the franchise,” he closed.