Byron Baes: Cast of Netflix's controversial new reality series revealed

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The very controversial Netflix reality show Byron Baes has found its cast, with a few former reality stars making the cut.

According to Confidential, the Bachelorette's Nathan Favro and Love Island's Elias Chigros will appear on the show, as well Hanna Brauer, whose parents own Bisque Traders in Bangalow.

cast of netflix show Byron Baes
The cast of Netflix's highly controversial reality show Byron Baes has been revealed. Photo: Instagram

Couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton, who is the sales director for clothing brand Silk Laundry, are also joining the show.

Other stars include Elle Watson, spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali, Jade Kevin Foster, Alex Reid, who was Kyle Sandilands' assistant-turned-manager, designer Jess Bell and her model sister Lauren are also taking part, while musician Billy Otto is rumoured to be joining as well. 

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It comes following reports the cast were furious after the show's press release referred to them as "influencers" and "hot Instagrammers".

Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia, Que Minh Luu took to Twitter to reveal there had been some drama with the cast.

The Bachelorette's Nathan Favro
The Bachelorette's Nathan Favro is thought to be joining the cast. Photo: Instagram/Nathan Favro

"A postcard's worth of copy doesn't tell the whole story of what the show is," she wrote. "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."

She continued, "It is a reality show & it has craft. It is hella entertaining & it is complex. These are not mutually exclusive. The team & participants are committed, hardworking, with heart & incredible stories to tell."

Couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton
Couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton, who is the sales director for clothing brand Silk Laundry, are also joining the show. Photo: Instagram/Saskia Wotton

Speaking of the participants, she said, "They are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, business owners, models, on a spiritual journey and more. 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.

"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)."

"Anyhoo, there's more to influencing than you think, there's more to Byron than the image, and there's more to the show. No doubt it won't be for everyone, but it'll authentic, honest and layered and FUN. Also a docu-soap! Can't wait to share it."

Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia, Que Minh Luu took to Twitter to reveal there had been some drama with the cast. Photo: Twitter
Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia, Que Minh Luu took to Twitter to reveal there had been some drama with the cast. Photo: Twitter

Ben Gordon, owner of the popular Byron Bay General Store urged local businesses not to allow the "tacky" show to film at their venues.

Many Facebook users immediately took his side on the matter, saying they wouldn't allow the show to shoot inside their business either.

The show faced criticism following the first announcement with some saying they'd be willing to cancel their Netflix subscription over it.

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