Although “Bachelor/Bachelorette” star JoJo Fletcher is marrying Jordan Rodgers this month, the couple will be talking about divorce quite a bit on their new TBS reality show “The Big D,” premiering July 7. The couple may still be in their own honeymoon stage, but the same cannot be said about the participants in their new reality series.
In this potentially explosive social experiment, 10 recently divorced couples travel to Costa Rica to date other people while living with their exes in a luxe resort, according to TBS. JoJo and Jordan host the show, helping to guide the recent singles through the dating process while exploring any lingering feelings they may still harbor for their former spouses.
The Backstory on JoJo & Jordan
JoJo Fletcher got engaged to Jordan Rodgers in 2016 at the end of season 12 of “The Bachelorette.” She was originally on Ben Higgins’ season of “The Bachelor” the same year, where she was one of two women that Higgins professed his love to prior to decision day. JoJo was not surprisingly stunned when Higgins proposed to Lauren Bushnell instead of her. Higgins and Bushnell ended their engagement in May 2017. The former Bachelor has since gone on to marry Jessica Clarke. They tied the knot in November 2021. In the meantime, JoJo was chosen to be the “Bachelorette,” where she met and fell in love with sports commentator and former football player Jordan, who is the brother of famous quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
JoJo and Jordan told Variety in March 2021 that they are “excited to go on this adventure in paradise with romantic hopefuls as they step out of their comfort zones and face unconventional dating scenarios in hopes of finding new love.” In regard to why they chose to host the show, the couple professed, “After a year full of challenges, the opportunity to join forces with TBS and help people find love was a no-brainer.”
What Can Viewers Expect From the New Reality Show?
According to TBS, “The Big D” is not just a dating show but also a competition.
“Each episode, one person who isn’t relationship material will be eliminated. Jealous exes may try to send their rival home or perhaps even defend their exes’ honor—the possibilities are endless,” the show’s website reads. During their adventure, the divorced couples will participate in “relationship EX-ercises designed to help the singles form connections, make peace with their former partners, and finally get over the issues holding them back from dating,” according to the show description.
This is not the first time JoJo and Jordan have hosted a reality show together. In fact, this is their third go-around since they appeared on “The Bachelorette.” In 2019, they hosted one season of a house flipping show on CNBC called “Cash Pad” (not to be confused with the now defunct ABC “Bachelor Pad” spinoff, which ran from 2010 to 2012). The same year, they hosted Paramount Networks’ “Battle of The Fittest Couples,” where pairs competed for a $100,000 cash prize.
“The Big D” first airs July 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on TBS.