The Bachelor has his wingman! Jesse Palmer has been confirmed as the host for The Bachelor season 26 after Chris Harrison’s exit earlier this year..
ABC confirmed on Tuesday, September 28, that the athlete, 42, will take over internet hosting duties after Harrison’s preliminary step again in March. Palmer is already conversant in The Bachelor since he’s an alum. Women competed for his affection through the fifth season of the present in 2004, the place he selected Jessica Bowlin as the winner. The duo broke up shortly after the collection aired. Palmer is now engaged to mannequin Emely Fardo.
“For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own,” the ESPN character mentioned in a press release. “Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.”
Us Weekly confirmed earlier this month that Clayton Echard would be the Bachelor within the twenty sixth season. However, ABC has but to substantiate that the suitor from Michelle Young‘s season of The Bachelorette scored the gig.
Palmer’s announcement comes after a lot controversy concerning the host of The Bachelor. Harrison, 50, left the franchise after practically 20 years earlier this year. His step down was initially non permanent after defending contestant and winner Rachael Kirkconnell as her racially insensitive social media posts created backlash amongst viewers. The ABC character formally left the Bachelor franchise in June.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise,” ABC Entertainment and Warner Horizon confirmed in a press release to Us on the time. “We are grateful for his many contributions over the previous 20 years and want him all the perfect on his new journey.
The former host reportedly acquired an eight-figure settlement when his contract concluded.
Since his exit, different hosts have stepped into the highlight. Former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams shared internet hosting duties for the female-fronted spinoff, The Bachelorette, and Wells Adams expanded his Bachelor in Paradise function to “master of ceremonies” whereas well-known visitor hosts — together with Lance Bass and David Spade — rotated every week.
The Bachelor season 26 is predicted to air on ABC in 2022.