On Monday, 'New Idea' rocked the nation with the mind-shattering headline: "Shane Warne is the new Bachelor!".
The news hit us like we had stumbled upon a free, room-temperature seafood buffet; we were amused, excited but definitely terrified of the consequences.
Citing a Ten "insider" and an unnamed source, 'New Idea' went on to give details of the contract currently being negotiated between cricketer Warne and Network Ten to secure his place in the Bach Mansion.
As the story circulated, many people had pretty strong reactions to the idea that the 48-year-old cricket legend could be handing out roses next year.
dear god pic.twitter.com/KL9OL4TMla— brad esposito (@braddybb) October 29, 2017
I will soon know how Gargemel would have felt if he'd finally been able to eat a Smurf. https://t.co/LbI3CHwxqC— Russell Jackson (@rustyjacko) October 29, 2017
Shane Warne becoming the next Bachelor is proof the world ended a year ago and we are all in purgatory.— Elli🤔tt Smith (@elliottnz) October 29, 2017
While it seemed unbelievable at first, the story did make a lot of sense. Warne, whose Twitter bio features the phrase "still single", is no stranger to Network Ten's reality outings, having previously featured on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!'.
It also would be on the back of a hugely successful season of 'The Bachelorette' starring Sophie Monk, which proved having a celebrity at the helm prompted a ratings boom, and created some of the best moments on TV this year.
Unfortunately it looked like it wasn't meant to be, as Warnie wrote on Twitter later on Monday that the story wasn't true.
Once AGAIN "No Idea" has completely made up a story about me being the new bachelor ! This is hurtful to me & my children as it's total lies— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 29, 2017
Ps I have not had one conversation with anyone about this. How can they continue to print lies about me, make up stories & get away with it?— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 29, 2017
So there you have it, unless Warnie is throwing us a curve ball (or the cricket version of that) it looks like his stint as The Bachelor isn't going to happen. It also comes amid hints Monk's third-placer Apollo Jackson would be the next Bachelor, so this might all be a big joke.
Though if you'll remember, Sophie Monk's journey all started with a joke on 'Hard Chat With Tom Gleeson', so who knows what'll happen next?Suggest a correction