While it remains to be seen what Chris Harrison’s long-term future is with The Bachelor franchise, there’s one thing we do know now — he won’t be a part of Bachelor in Paradise this summer.
According to a new report coming in from Variety, there will be a rotating number of guest hosts this summer, with each one filling the void left by Harrison’s absence. To date, David Spade is the only person whose appearance on the show is wrapped up. We do want to be clear that there is some misinformation about Spade and this season of the show, so we want to clear that up — as of right now, Spade is not the full-time host for this season, he is a guest host.
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For those who are wondering, Chris’ departure stems from comments that he made in an Extra interview with former Bachelorette Rachael Lindsay, ones where he downplayed a racist incident in the past featuring Rachael from Matt James’ season of the show. He did not appear on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, and former contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are poised to have a mentor-ship role-of-sorts on Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette. For some reason, ABC is not referring to them as co-hosts.
So will Harrison ever return to the franchise? The next test will be with Michelle Young’s season of the show, which should start filming later this summer before it eventually premieres in the fall. Beyond that, there is another season of The Bachelor that will film this year, though it is not explicitly clear at the moment who that lead will be. More than likely, they’ll be from either Katie or Michelle’s seasons — recency bias is very much a thing within Bachelor Nation.
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