But earlier this year, TV Line confirmed that the summer series was off the 2013 schedule after executive producer Mike Fleiss tweeted that the show was "not happening this summer."
Low ratings likely did the show in -- the 2012 finale drew a dismal 1.3 demo rating, a 32 percent drop from the previous year's closer, despite the finale shocker that had villainous winner Nick Peterson keeping all of the grand prize money for himself and refusing to "share" it with his stunned partner, Rachel Truehart. (Rachel didn't get the guy either, but that's another story.)
See Nick Peterson's shocking "Bachelor Pad" move:
Still, Fleiss hadn't given up on his spinoff show when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly's radio show back in June. That's when he revealed, "I love 'Bachelor Pad.' I thought it might be good to give it a break for a little while -- let the fans starve for it a little bit so that next summer, when it comes back… I have a good feeling it will be back next summer. I really wanted to give it a break, because I did not feel like we had enough superstars to populate the pad."
What? Was that a diss toward Tierra the Terrible from Sean Lowe's season? And what about Desiree Hartsock's castoffs? Heck, how about Desiree Hartsock's brother, Nate?
Indeed, a one-year hiatus may seem harmless in Fleiss's eyes, but it could signal the permanent demise of the show, especially since several "Bachelor" franchise alums don't seem to have their heart in it.
Following her tumultuous stint on the show, Rachel Truehart told the New York Post that she needed some time to "recover" from the experience."I'm not sure if I would do ['Bachelor Pad' Season 4]," she said. "It was a lot to put myself through mentally and such a roller coaster. You'd be so high thinking, 'Oh, I'm in love!' and then 'Oh, now I'm not.' And then thinking, 'Oh, but I've won money!' Then, 'Oh, but I haven't.' I think it would be hard to put myself through that again."
Tiara-toting "Bachelor Pad" veteran Erica Rose tweeted to a fan:
Ditto for Sean Lowe. The Season 17 "Bachelor" star told radio host Elliot in the Morning, "I think we would be doing our nation a disservice if we got that show back on. You know, I was never a big fan of 'Bachelor Pad.' I'm happy with just 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette,' to be honest. ABC's not renewing it, but maybe someone like MTV or VH1 will pick it up."
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!
And on a much more somber note, the recent death of two-time "Bachelor Pad" alum Gia Allemand has put a damper on the whole thing. Gia's tear-filled exit on Season 2 of the show had her questioning the backstabbing in the "Bachelor Pad" house, a theme that rang true the following season.
"Every day I see people strategizing and being sneaky, and this keeps happening in this house -- and all for $250,000?" she said. "I'd rather take myself out and know that I played this honestly and know that everyone deceived me here, and I don't even want to be part of it anymore… I don't think I was made for this game."
Watch Gia Allemand's sad "Bachelor Pad" exit:
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