‘The Bachelorette’: John Paul Jones and Colton Underwood React to Tayshia Adams’ New Role

[Spoiler alert: The Bachelorette Season 16.] Tayshia Adams didn’t find love with Colton Underwood on The Bachelor Season 23 or John Paul Jones on Bachelor in Paradise Season 6. But on Aug. 3, multiple publications confirmed Adams will replace Clare Crawley as The Bachelorette Season 16 lead. Both women are still expected to be featured. So when Crawley exits the show, Adams will become the new headliner. 

Given these are unprecedented times within the franchise, many Bachelor Nation alums are reacting to Crawley and Adams’ casting twist. So how do Underwood and Jones, feel about Adams becoming the new bachelorette? Both reality stars reacted to their ex’s upcoming journey.

What happened to Tayshia Adams and Colton Underwood on ‘The Bachelor’?

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Thankful. Since the moment I stepped into the Mansion, to being greeted so warmly on stage last night, the one true emotion I have felt throughout this journey is Thankful. I don’t think people understand the magnitude of vulnerability and faith this journey requires. I have always been a private person; I came into this experience having had my heart broken in the past, and only letting the closest ones to me in on what happened. So it was tough for me to go into this journey of looking for love again and publicly displaying every intimate detail of that relationship for everyone to not only see, but criticize. But looking back, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have proven to myself that I have a lot to offer, I do deserve to be happy, in love, and to have someone fight for me. And although it wasn’t me at the end, I walk away from this experience choosing ME. As I stated last night, I have created memories that I will forever cherish, and I’m extremely thankful for everyone that has had a hand in my journey. The support, advice and encouragement I’ve received from you all has meant more to me than you will ever know. I cant wait for this next phase of my life because I am happier than I’ve ever been, and my heart is so full knowing that God has someone special out there for me that will give me the unconditional love that I deserve. Look out world, Tayshia 2.0 is comin for ya! Cheers to a truly unforgettable experience. To LOVE!!

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Adams was first introduced to Bachelor Nation during Underwood’s season. She was a clear fan-favorite and even made it to the top three with Hannah Godwin and Cassie Randolph. But Underwood jumped the fence and quit the show for Randolph. 

Even so, Adams didn’t regret her experience or her relationship with Underwood on The Bachelor

“Thankful. Since the moment I stepped into the Mansion, to being greeted so warmly on stage last night, the one true emotion I have felt throughout this journey is Thankful,” Adams wrote on Instagram after the finale in March 2019. “I came into this experience having had my heart broken in the past, and only letting the closest ones to me in on what happened. So it was tough for me to go into this journey of looking for love again.”

She added, “But looking back, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have proven to myself that I have a lot to offer, I do deserve to be happy, in love, and to have someone fight for me. And although it wasn’t me at the end, I walk away from this experience choosing ME.”

What happened to Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’?

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After Adams left Underwood and The Bachelor behind, she met Jones on Bachelor in Paradise Season 6. Adams and Jones hit it off on the summer spinoff. Jones even gifted the newly crowned bachelorette with a Paradise prom. But Jones and Adams didn’t get engaged and decided to go their separate ways. They also briefly got back together by the BIP reunion special. Though they split in October 2019.

“The reality was, we were living on opposite coasts, and working insane schedules that made it impossible to see each other and build a life with each other,” Adams said of her breakup with Jones on Instagram. “We truly did the best we could, but at this time have decided that what is best for the both of us is to go our separate ways.”

She continued, “We are the best of friends and will continue to remain in each other’s life because regardless of the situation, we make each other happy.”

John Paul Jones and Colton Underwood react to Tayshia Adams as the next bachelorette

Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones at the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 6 reunion in 2019
Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ | John Fleenor via Getty Images

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Now, it’s been a hot minute since Adams was tied to Underwood and Jones on The Bachelor franchise. However, both exes are still happy about her journey as the new bachelorette.

“Congrats @TayshiaAdams,” Underwood wrote on Twitter in response to The Bachelorette Season 16 news. “Good luck and I hope you find yourself a better kisser.”

Of course, Underwood was referencing a moment between Adams, Caitlin Clemmens, and Sydney Lotuaco on Bachelor in Paradise. The three women roasted Underwood for being their worst kissing experience

“But he got better by the end of the season,” Adams said at the time. “I think I’m a good teacher.”

Meanwhile, Jones is hopeful for Adams’ future on The Bachelorette. 

“I’m really happy and excited for her on this new journey,” he told Us Weekly. “I hope she finds the love and happiness that she deserves.”

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