Bachelor Nation has been gunning for Wells Adams to take over as a host in The Bachelor franchise for years. Even before Chris Harrison announced that he would no longer be part of the show, fans had been rallying for Wells to take over when Harrison retired. Now, reports are saying that Wells will not host next season of The Bachelor.
Wells is not the host of ‘The Bachelor’
The women of The Bachelor Season 26 have already been announced, though no host or lead has officially been named. Reality Steve recently announced that the next bachelor will be Clayton Echard, who will appear on Michelle Young’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette. However, Steve recently revealed that Wells wouldn’t be the replacement.
“BACHELOR FILMING UPDATE): Clayton’s season begins filming on Tuesday night at the mansion,” he tweeted. “Also, I don’t know who the new host is yet but I’m hearing now that’s it’s NOT Wells. As reported last month, they are looking for a new, permanent, solo host.”
On Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette, two former bachelorettes, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, were brought in to host the season. So, ABC may bring in a former bachelor to help guide the lead this season.
Wells is open to hosting
Wells has been acting as a part-time host, part-time bartender on Bachelor in Paradise this season. While he has been assisted by other guest hosts, he has been the constant figure on the show. Recently, he told ABC 11 that he would be open to permanently hosting the show.
“Whatever they want me to do I’m ready to do it!” he said. “I’m not sure what the next step is, but whatever ABC and Bachelor Nation wants I’ll go do it. If they want me to host the show, sure I’ll go do that, if they want me to be the janitor next season, OK, I’ll go do that too. Whatever you guys want.”
Why did Chris Harrison leave the ‘Bachelor’ franchise?
Harrison leaving the Bachelor franchise was one of the biggest shake-ups that any of the shows have ever had. The demise of Harrison’s time on the show started when he defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s attendance at an antebellum party. After receiving backlash, he stepped down for the rest of Matt James’ season of The Bachelor.
“This historic season of ‘The Bachelor’ should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” he said in an Instagram post during James’ season. “To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”
At first, Harrison said that he planned to take some time off and learn from his mistakes before coming back to the franchise. However, later he revealed that he was not coming back to any of the shows. Since then, he has been replaced by a number of people including Lance Bass, comedian David Spade, and actor Tituss Burgess. No official replacement has been announced for Bachelor in Paradise or The Bachelor.