This season’s, The Bachelorette, will not be hosted by Chris Harrison
The Bachelorette season 17 will not have Chris Harrison as its host and the reason behind this lies in the most controversial season of ‘The Bachelor’. The last season of ‘The Bachelor,’ which had Rachael Kirkconnell as one of its contestants, had to go through various controversies due to Rachel’s racially insensitive posts on Instagram that she has shared in the past. During an interview with Rachel Lindsay, Chris was seen defending Rachel which led him to be a part of the controversy. However, since then both Rachel and Chris have publically apologized for their actions.
Due to this reason, this season’s ‘The Bachelorette’ will not have Chris Harrison as its host.
On tuesday, June 8, Chris talked about his exit from the show via Instagram.
He wrote, “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter,” Harrison continued. “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”
The new hosts are taking command
After Chris’s exit, the creators decided to give the show’s command to two ex-contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. Both of these hosts have found their true love from the show as Tayshia Adams is a contestant from last season and is engaged to Zac Clark, the guy she chose during her season. Whereas Kaitlyn Bristowe is a contestant from 2015 and she recently got engaged to 2018’s contestant Jason Tartick.
On the first episode of ‘The Bachelorette season 17’, which premiered on Monday, Katie Thurston, who is this season’s bachelorette was accompanied by Tayshia and Kaitlyn. Katie is a 31-year-old bank marketing manager from Renton, Washington, and was also a contestant in ‘The Bachelor.’ She has recently wrapped up filming her season, and on Friday, the 31-year-old star gave an interview to USA TODAY via Zoom in which she answered a few questions regarding the show.
When ‘The Bachelorette’ lead Katie Thurston was asked about Chris Harrison leaving the show, she responded, “For me, it’s tough, because as the lead, I’ve never gone through it with Chris … and so I can’t really speak to how it’s different, because when I was on that season, I didn’t really interact with him too much.”
However, it looks like Katie is enjoying her show with the new hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
“It was just great having Kaitlyn and Tayshia there because I really don’t think I could have done it without them,” said Katie.
“I can only hope that as this goes forward and is airing that you guys get to see that, and I think that’s what’s important,” Thurston said as she talked further about the show. “I know that that’s something that is continuous progress moving forward. Change doesn’t happen overnight.” Katie continued. “But I think you guys will see some bromances that form as well, which is really just refreshing to watch. You want to watch the love stories, the friendships, and I think there’s plenty of that this season.”