Why Matt Agnew has no reality TV plans after The Bachelor

Since starring on The Bachelor in 2019, Matt Agnew has experienced a number of major life changes. The 35-year-old astrophysicist has moved from Melbourne to Sydney, adopted a dog, gone through quite a dramatic physical transformation, and most recently released his first book, Dr Matt's Guide to Life in Space.

Unlike most former Bachelors, however, Matt is yet to make a return to reality TV.

Matt Agnew on The Bachelor.
Matt Agnew has revealed why he is yet to make an appearance on reality TV after The Bachelor. Photo: Channel 10

Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle, the self-confessed ‘space nerd’ spoke candidly about why he’s yet to go down the path of his predecessors and appear on a show like SAS Australia or I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

“I always think about these things, you kind of have to be a celebrity to do them and I kind of don't really consider myself one,” he laughs.


“It would have to be the right opportunity. A lot of them often have a charity kind of thing attached to them and I'm always up for leveraging the platform that I've been blessed with to contribute in that way.

“But it's certainly not something I'm kind of actively pursuing, and certainly I wouldn't be looking into another dating show or anything of that kind of nature,” he adds. “I mean, if there's an opportunity and it seems like it would be fun, and especially if there is a charity component, I'd certainly jump at it.”

Matt Agnew's new book Dr Matt's Guide to Life in Space.
Matt has recently released his first book Dr Matt's Guide to Life in Space. Photo: Allen & Unwin

'Really important'

While he might not be returning to reality TV anytime soon, Matt has recently made somewhat of a return to the spotlight with the release of his new non-fiction book.

Dr Matt's Guide to Life in Space is described as a “fun, information-packed, fascinating look at life in space”, providing answers to the universe’s big questions including ‘Why is Earth so special?’ and ‘Where are the aliens?’.

“For me, it's really important that people can grasp science and realise that you are smart enough to enjoy science,” he says. “There’s a universal interest in space when you’re a kid, and I think everyone still has that curiosity. It might just be lying dormant, but I’m hoping this kind of reawakens it.


“Also at a high level, there are declining STEM numbers in Australia and hopefully this drives and kind of reignites that curiosity and passion that students have in science and they can continue to pursue it.”

He adds that although he had previously written a PhD thesis that was similar in length at 80,000 words, it was a much more enjoyable writing experience this time around.

“It definitely was a big labour of love and it took a while to write. I think it ended up being 10 or 11 months all up,” he shares. “But I did enjoy the writing process and I'm glad people are enjoying it.

“I've had a couple of mums reach out who said that their nine-year-olds have been ploughing through it and they're loving it. It kind of blew me away and it made me really happy and excited that it's reaching even younger demographics than I thought.”

Dr Matt's Guide to Life in Space is available online and in all good bookstores now.

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