The cast of Netflix’s controversial new reality show Byron Baes has FINALLY been unveiled – after the series angered many locals in the idyllic town
The cast behind Netflix’s upcoming reality show, Byron Baes, has finally been revealed after weeks of speculation.
While filming is already underway in Byron Bay, the show’s producers have until now remained tight-lipped about who will appear in the series.
It can now be revealed the controversial new show will feature a variety of local influencers.
Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro, who rose to fame on The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island.
Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton.
Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali.
Rounding out the cast is Kyle Sandilands’ former assistant-turned-manager Alex Reid, fashion designer Jess Bell and her model sister Lauren.
The unveiling of the cast comes after Netflix were recently forced to apologise to the stars of the show for painting them as ‘influencers’ and ‘hot Instagrammers’.
Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia Que Minh Luu confirmed that the cast ‘hated’ a recent PR post describing the upcoming series.
‘They are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, business owners, models, on a spiritual journey and more,’ Que wrote to her 7k followers.
‘Most of them hated the press release too! Did a lot of apologising that week. Fired the PR team (lol joking about firing, we’re all learning together).’
She added: ‘They understand the power of influence. They are part of Byron. They understand the creative vision of the show that has been developed with them over several months.
Que was responding after many mocked the press release, which read: ‘It’s not just Chris and Zac’s backyard, it’s the playground of more celebrity-adjacent-adjacent influencers than you can poke a selfie stick at’.
Que continued: ‘A postcard’s worth of copy doesn’t tell the whole story of what the show is.
‘It looks at human connection, ambition, image and what lies underneath – not all glossy, often contradictory. Like the place itself.
‘Byron is a symbol to so many Australians.
‘The participants number in the double digits, a quarter born/raised in the area, most have lived there a meaningful length of time, a few newer to the area… kinda like how Byron works.
‘Mayor Simon Richardson had it right when I spoke to him weeks ago and he described the show as “young people having a go”, not the “wrong sort of person”.’
It comes after a handful of so-called Byron locals recently paddled out into the ocean to protest the show, while others stood by with placards that read ‘give Netflix the flick’ and ‘consult traditional owners’.
Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to snub production – and is asking other local businesses to do the same.
‘They’ve simply turned up unannounced and they are proposing to drag our name through the mud, and make millions of dollars without offering anything back to the community,’ he told Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.
Mr Gordon said the prospective reality series is ‘a complete misrepresentation of who we are as a community’.
‘Today, what we’ve seen, is the real Byron, the community coming together for issues that we believe in,’ he said.
Nick O’Donnell, Netflix’s director of public policy, recently travelled to the NSW town ‘for crisis talks with stakeholders’ as the backlash continues to grow.