‘The Bachelorette’ 2021: [Spoiler] Will Replace Chris Harrison as the Host
Even though Matt James’ season of The Bachelor has yet to conclude, Bachelor Nation is already jonesing for spoilers about The Bachelorette 2021. Not only are fans curious about which woman will lead the next season, but they’re also raising questions about who the host will be now that long-time host, Chris Harrison, has temporarily stepped back from the franchise.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for The Bachelor 2021 finale and also reveals the leads for The Bachelorette 2021.]
Harrison has been a key part of The Bachelor franchise since its inception in 2002. Not only has Harrison been the permanent host, but he is also an executive producer. However, the TV personality made the decision to step aside from his post after doing an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. Harrison’s remarks, made in defense of Rachael Kirkconnell, rubbed many viewers the wrong way. In fact, there was even a petition circulating which sought to permanently remove Harrison from his position. Seeing the backlash, Harrison chose to step back from the franchise and work on educating himself.
Chris Harrison temporarily steps back from ‘The Bachelor’ franchise
“This historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” Harrison shared in a statement posted on his Instagram page. “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.”
Who is the next lead for ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021?
And it looks like Harrison’s absence will continue for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. Reality Steve (a popular blogger who is known for his accurate spoilers) revealed that two Bachelor fan-favorites are taking Harrison’s place for the upcoming season starring Katie Thurston.
Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will co-host Katie Thurston’s season
“(SPOILER): Tayshia Adams & Kaitlyn Bristowe are your new co-hosts for Katie’s Bachelorette season,” Reality Steve revealed on his Twitter page. “Every1 is currently quarantining in New Mexico – Katie, the men, the co-hosts, and production – & filming begins late next week at the Hyatt Tamaya, just outside of Albuquerque, NM.”
Spoilers reveal that Michelle Young will receive her own season of ‘The Bachelorette’
But Thurston isn’t the sole Bachelorette of 2021. Reality Steve also revealed that Matt James’ runner-up, Michelle Young, will also be receiving her very own season. Thurston’s season will begin filming shortly while Young’s season will begin filming over the summer. According to the blogger’s post, Young, who is a teacher, didn’t want to be away from her students for that long, thus the need for two seasons.
Will Harrison rejoin the cast in 2021?
Considering there will be two seasons of The Bachelorette in 2021, there’s a chance that Harrison will return for Young’s season or even partway through Thurston’s. But even if the long-time host doesn’t return soon, the franchise was smart to pick two fan-favorites to replace the veteran host considering how many viewers are loyal to him.