This isn't the first time Richie has undergone a dramatic hair transformation.
"Oh noooo your hairrrrrrr," one fans exclaimed at the time.
"How’s the Mick fanning vibes!? Love it," remarked another.
Richie first rose to fame on the first season of The Bachelorette Australia when he made it to Sam Frost's final three.
He then starred as the Bachelor the following year when he fell for winner Alex Nation and three years later had a dramatic starring role on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise in 2019.
On the spin-off show, Richie was not only reunited with his ex for the first time in 18 months but he also had a disastrous romance with contestant Cass Wood.
Shortly after the second season of BIP, co-star Rachael Gouvignon revealed that Richie had put his Bachelor experiences behind him.
"I knew that he struggled at the end so I asked him how he was going and I really don’t think he wants anything to do with the show anymore," Rachael claimed during an Instagram live video in May 2019.
"He’s gone M.I.A, that ship has sailed," she added.
Meanwhile, Richie's ex Alex Nation has also admitted that she's done with reality TV.
“In my season and before, it was all about romance and finding love. Sure, there was always a bit of drama but it never overshadowed the love stories.
“Now, it's just promoting women tearing down women and toxic masculinity, and that’s not healthy for our youth who are watching, which is predominately girls.
“I'm not sure if that’s to keep up with the likes of Married At First Sight – because their ratings are high – but I really do miss the real love stories,” she added.