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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ preview: Chris Harrison says it’s about love, not money

Now that “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman has found love, it’s time to get on with your summer, right? Not so fast! Leave it to ABC to provide us with more summertime fluff. “Bachelor in Paradise” will premiere on Monday night, and it’s not to be confused with the franchise’s raunchy previous spinoff, “Bachelor Pad.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Cast of 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' and host Chris Harrison attend the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards brought to you by Samsung Galaxy at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Ari Perilstein

On Friday, host Chris Harrison dished to TV Guide about the premiere of the new reality romance competition, which will feature past “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants shacking up in Mexico as they take another leap of faith for love. And it definitely won't be a money game.

"With 'Bachelor Pad,' you got caught up in the game, so that's why we tore it apart and retooled it," Harrison explained of the revamped format. "It became about money, and our show and franchise was never about that. So I think people will love that ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ is about what makes ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ great — only it's not just [one guy or one girl]. It's that times 10, which leads to love triangles, drama and amazing dates. “

Indeed, the old “Bachelor Pad” show, which was on ABC’s summertime schedule for three seasons, featured a $250,000 jackpot, which was usually shared between two consenting contestants. But the final episode in 2012 featured a not-so-nice ending: winner Nick Peterson tricked his partner Rachel Truehart and kept all of the prize money for himself.

That was ugly, but the new show can claim at least one happy ending. Us Weekly has confirmed that recent “Bachelorette” alum Marcus Grodd and Juan Pablo Galavis reject Lacy Faddoul became engaged during filming of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Grodd was the first contestant to express his love for Andi Dorfman on the most recent season of “The Bachelorette,” but his broken heart apparently healed fast.

Chris Harrison went on to predict that longtime fans of the franchise will be “addicted” to the new show, and we can see why. The first batch of house guests includes popular show alums Clare Crawley, AshLee Frazier, Sarah Herron, Daniella McBride, Michelle Kujawa, Elise Mosca, Michelle Money, Ben Scott, Robert Graham, Graham Bunn, Marquel Martin, and Dylan Petitt. But a series of additional cast mates (like notorious franchise alums Jesse Kovacs and Chris Bukowksi) will show up each week, creating extra drama.

“Bachelor in Paradise” premieres on Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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