California Wildfires Close In on ‘Bachelor’ Mansion, Show Creator Mike Fleiss Asks for Prayers
The setting of The Bachelor might be radically different after Colton Underwood’s season. Creator and producer Mike Fleiss said California’s devastating wildfires are threatening the mansion the reality hit and its spinoff The Bachelorette use each season.
“Pray for Malibu — and #TheBachelor Mansion,” the 54-year-old tweeted on Friday, November 9, alongside a picture of a thicket of smoke rising from nearby hills.
Meanwhile, an ABC source tells Us Weekly that the home — a private residence in Agoura Hills, California, not far from Malibu — is “in the neighborhood of the fires” but “hasn’t been affected yet.”
The rep also specified that Underwood and his season 23 contestants have already come and gone, saying, “Production is not using the house anymore. Filming finished a couple weeks ago, and they have been traveling internationally finishing Colton’s season.”
Meanwhile, a source who lives right next to the mansion told Us the residents of the neighborhood were forced to evacuate and told they would be arrested if they tried to go back to the area. The Bachelor mansion is “definitely” threatened, the source added, adding that the fire was “zero percent contained” and a nearby convenience store has since burned down.
Multiple wildfires have been raging in Southern California, forcing celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano, Rainn Wilson, Denise Richards and Guillermo del Toro to evacuate. As of Friday morning, more than 20 million people were under red flag warnings in California, according to CNN.
“Pray for Calabasas,” Kardashian, 38, wrote on Instagram. “Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe.”
Meanwhile, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson tweeted that his house burned down in the blazes, which also decimated Western Town at Paramount Ranch, an outdoor set where scenes from HBO’s Westworld were filmed.
The story is developing.