‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Which New Host is a ‘Fanboy’?
After exiting the most recent series of The Bachelorette, veteran host Chris Harrison was replaced by Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. In June, Harrison also exited the seventh season of Bachelor in Paradise. Rather than hiring new hosts from within Bachelor Nation, ABC announced a roster of celebrities to take on the new season. One of these rotating hosts was hired for being a self-proclaimed fan of The Bachelor franchise.
Four new hosts are joining ‘Bachelor in Paradise’
ABC first announced that David Spade would join Bachelor in Paradise as a host. Soon after, they revealed that Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, and Lil Jon would also guest host.
Spade is an actor and comedian who got his start performing stand-up. After a stint on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1996, Spade made the jump to an acting career. He’s appeared in films such as Tommy Boy and The Emperor’s New Groove. He also joined the ensemble cast of Just Shoot Me! and Rules of Engagement. For the former, he received two Golden Globe awards.
Viewers will recognize Burgess for his breakthrough role as Titus Andromedon on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The part nabbed him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He has also appeared in multiple Broadway productions.
Bass is a former member of NSYNC. In his post-music career, Bass has shifted into acting and producing. He has appeared as himself on multiple productions, including Bojack Horseman and Zoolander.
The final guest host, Lil Jon, is a rapper, songwriter, and producer who has been active in the music industry since 1992. Fans of The Bachelor franchise may remember Lil Jon’s cameo in Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette. In it, he encouraged Kufrin and contestant Blake Horstmann to smash items related to their exes.
One of the hosts is a longtime fan of the show
Though Lil Jon has appeared on the show before, ABC hired one host for his outspoken love for the series.
“David brings his snarky humor and also, like, his fanboy-ness — he’s a big fan of the show,” the show’s bartender Wells Adams told Us Weekly.
Burgess is also a fan of the show.
“Non-scripted TV is my guilty pleasure,” he said to Page Six. “I absolutely love it. I’ll be like a hog in s— hosting this show.”
Wells Adams says fans will love the new ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ hosts
While fans are used to Harrison’s measured and serious hosting style, Adams assured them that the new hosts fit right into the show, noting that “everyone brings a different thing.”
“[Spade’s] just so funny and so quick, like, my face hurt after doing shoots with him,” he said to Us Weekly.
The other three hosts bring music to the show. Burgess apparently sings for much of his time as host, and Lil Jon brings positive musical energy.
“Don’t tell the other guys, but Lil Jon was my favorite guest to have on the season of Bachelor in Paradise,” Adams said of the artist.