CLAYTON Echard is starring as the Bachelor for the franchise's 26th season.
Echard was introduced to Bachelor Nation in Michelle Young's season of the Bachelorette which aired on October 19, 2021.
Who is Clayton Echard?
Clayton Echard, 28, is the Bachelor for the season 26 of the program.
He hails from Eureka, Missouri, and was reportedly a professional football player.
Echard played for the Missouri Tigers in 2012 prior to being drafted for the National Football League four years later.
In 2016 he was signed to the Seattle Seahawks.
It is unclear when he left the NFL but according to his Instagram bio, he is now in orthopedic sales.
What did ABC say about Clayton Echard?
Variety reported on September 15, 2021, that Echard was tapped as the next Bachelor.
Sources told the outlet that producers quickly fell in love with him and he rose to the top of the network’s shortlist.
Prior to the beginning of Young's season of The Bachelorette, it appeared Echard's season of The Bachelor already started production.
Photos leaked of Echard with a camera crew, which was published by E! News on September 15, 2021.
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After the photos leaked, sources told Variety the Missouri native is in fact the show's next star.
In the first teaser for the Bachelor's 26th season, Echard said: "I'm just a Midwest guy from Missouri that just wants to find love.
"And I believe more than anything that my future wife is here."
Was Clayton Echard eliminated from The Bachelorette?
Echard was not given a rose during the sixth rose ceremony that aired on November 23, 2021.
Producers revealed that some of Michelle's students would be planning the dates that week, and Echard scored the one-on-one.
In a 'Midnight At The Museumesque' date, the chemistry didn't seem to radiate between the pair.
When Young sent Echard home at the rose ceremony, she said it was an "incredibly difficult" decision for her.
"Something is missing for me," she told the producers during an interview.
But when she said goodbye to Echard, she said, "You are this amazing, wonderful person and you are enough.
“Without a doubt, there is going to be the right time and place for that relationship. I truly believe that.”
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