‘The Bachelorette’: Is JoJo Fletcher Replacing Chris Harrison as Host? Bachelor Nation Fans Are Seriously Confused

[Spoiler alert: The Bachelorette 2020.] The Bachelorette Season 16 shakeup continues as JoJo Fletcher will reportedly replace Chris Harrison as the show’s host — sort of.

It all started in August 2020 when Tayshia Adams was reportedly cast to replace Clare Crawley as the new Bachelorette lead. Meanwhile, multiple Bachelor Nation alums were spotted at the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, where the show is currently being filmed. Now, Fletcher will allegedly step in as host after Harrison left the set. But it seems the switch isn’t permanent. 

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When The Bachelorette Season 16 started filming, it was clear the cast and crew would be quarantined due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But on Aug. 11, Harrison seemingly left the set to drop off his son, Joshua, at Texas Christian University.

“Just like that he’s gone,” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “Thought dropping the big man off at college @texaschristianuniversity today was going to crush me but all I could feel is pride and excitement.”

He added, “Especially now, so grateful that they have this opportunity. Now go take on the world and have the time of your life my boy.”

JoJo Fletcher will reportedly fill in for Chris Harrison as the host of ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 16

Bachelor Nation host Chris Harrison and JoJo Fletcher of 'The Bachelorette' Season 12
Chris Harrison and JoJo Fletcher on ‘The Bachelorette’ | Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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After Harrison posted the Instagram photo alongside his son, The Bachelorette fans wondered how the 49-year-old would continue on the show given the quarantine. Then on Aug. 13, Us Weekly revealed Harrison will quarantine for 14 days. Fletcher is expected to fill in as host during that time. The source also suggested Harrison will return in time to film the “last few shows.”

“The moment he got back, Chris was told he could not set foot back on the set until he went through another 14-day quarantine,” the insider told the publication. “The show’s contestants and crew all had to quarantine on the property for 14 days prior to the camera’s rolling. But it didn’t dawn on Chris he’d have to do it all over again if he simply left to take his kid to college.”

E! News also shared Fletcher already completed the quarantine. Then Entertainment Tonight reported the temporary switch between Fletcher and Harrison was planned ahead of time.

“This was a pre-planned event done totally in coordination with production,” the source told the publication. “There were no surprises.”

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When news broke about Fletcher and Harrison, The Bachelorette fans were left confused. Harrison is the face of the franchise and hasn’t missed much filming in the past 18 years. But with multiple switch-ups and delayed schedule, this isn’t your typical season.

Some Bachelor Nation fans also wondered why Fletcher was chosen as Harrison’s replacement, particularly because alums who have hosting experience within the franchise — such as Wells Adams and Becca Kufrin — were spotted at La Quinta last week. Meanwhile, Fletcher is the star of The Bachelorette Season 12. And after getting engaged to Jordan Rodgers on her season, Fletcher moved on to other projects.

Nevertheless, many fans are excited to see Fletcher as the host of The Bachelorette Season 16, even if it is for a short time.

“This season is gonna be ridiculous and I’m here for it. I think Jojo will do a great job as host, it’s a good choice,” a fan wrote

Whatever happened on the set of The Bachelorette Season 16, fans will just have to wait and see what happens when the new season is released on ABC. But it seems this one’s going to be quite the ride. So get ready.

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