Now that Chris Harrison left The Bachelor franchise, fans might be wondering who is permanently taking his place. ABC has announced temporary hosts for The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. However, Harrison’s longterm replacement has yet to be officially announced.
Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay’s interview served as the catalyst for the host’s departure from ‘The Bachelor’
In February 2021, Harrison went on Extra to speak about Matt James’ season of The Bachelor with Rachel Lindsay. While Lindsay was interviewing him, she asked Harrison what he thought of Rachael Kirkconnell’s recent social media posts that resurfaced. Harrison defended Kirkconnell, and Bachelor Nation wasn’t happy about that.
Following the interview, Harrison stepped down from The Bachelor as host and gave no timeline on his return. It turned out, he would never come back to host the show. He announced in early June 2021 that he ended his bachelor journey for good.
Who will be the host of ‘The Bachelor’ now that Chris Harrison is gone?
The logical next question that Bachelor Nation has is who is replacing Harrison, permanently?
“Insiders explain that the search for a permanent replacement host is not top of mind among ABC brass — at least for now,” Variety reported. “While the position is a major slot to fill, the network has the luxury of time and isn’t in a major rush, since, according to two well-placed sources, it’s likely a permanent host won’t be named until the upcoming season of The Bachelor, which goes into production this fall and doesn’t premiere until January 2022.”
“There is no shortlist on the network or studio’s mind, according to people familiar with internal discussions,” the outlet continued. “The new host could, perhaps, come from within the franchise.”
Names that Variety mentioned included Lindsay and The Bachelor: After the Final Rose host Emmanuel Acho.
“According to insiders close to the franchise, there’s no frontrunner for the job yet,” the outlet concluded. “Not filling Harrison’s role with a high-profile hire could save the franchise some money. The host was making around $5 million per year, according to numerous insiders.”
These are ‘The Bachelor’ franchise temporary hosts after Chris Harrison exited the shows
For The Bachelorette, ABC filled the hosting duties between two former leads: Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. Lead Katie Thurston excitedly told the co-hosts about her frontrunners of the night and giving a “thumbs up” when she was interested in a given contestant.
Bachelor in Paradise 2021 will film with four co-hosts: Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, Lil Jon, and David Spade. Lil Jon previously appeared on The Bachelorette in 2018 to assist Becca Kufrin on her date with Blake Horstmann.
The Bachelor‘s permanent new host could be any slew of candidates. We’ll have to wait and see who the network lands on — there are definitely plenty of options to choose from.
The Bachelorette airs on Mondays on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.