‘The Bachelorette’: Why Wasn’t Tayshia Adams in Michelle Young’s Finale and ‘After the Final Rose’ Special Episode?

On Dec. 21, The Bachelorette Season 18 live finale dropped its first major shocker as co-host Kaitlyn Bristowe stepped out in front of the audience without Tayshia Adams. So why wasn’t Tayshia in Michelle Young’s live finale and “After the Final Rose” special? Here’s everything Bachelor Nation fans should know.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from The Bachelorette Season 18 finale.]

Kaitlyn Bristowe explained why Tayshia Adams wasn’t in ‘The Bachelorette’ finale live portion

Tayshia Adams headshot in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18 finale in 2021
Tayshia Adams in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18 | ABC/Craig Sjodin

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For the past two seasons, many Bachelorette fans have grown used to Kaitlyn and Tayshia hosting reunion specials. But at the start of the Dec. 21 finale, Kaitlyn revealed that she would be doing her job without her co-host. She also noted that Tayshia was exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).

“As you can see, I’m alone up here tonight,” Kaitlyn said. “Nothing like doing live TV solo. What could go wrong? … But in all seriousness, Tayshia was recently exposed to COVID. So she can’t be with us tonight.”

She added, “Tayshia, we – and I – are really going to miss you.” 

Tayshia Adams addresses her absence in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18 ‘After the Final Rose’ on Instagram

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While Tayshia wasn’t able to address her absence in person during The Bachelorette Season 18 finale, the co-host shared the news on her Instagram story. 

“Tonight is the finale for Michelle’s season,” Tayshia said. “But as you guys may know, it’s a little crazy here in New York, and I was recently exposed. As an abundance of caution so Michelle could have her night – as well as Kaitlyn and all the crew to produce this live final tonight – I will not be there in person.”

She continued, “But that does not mean I will not be turning in, popping my popcorn, enjoying it all. I’m telling you right now, I was there in person for the finale, and it’s one you do not want to miss. … Because, oh god, it’s crazy. It’s absolutely crazy.”

Tayshia Adams shares her support for co-host Kaitlyn Bristowe

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Tayshia was unable to join Michelle and Kaitlyn live on stage during The Bachelorette Season 18 finale. But it seems she is still cheering both women on from New York. Still speaking on Instagram, Tayshia shared that she was rooting for Michelle’s happily ever after. She also cheered on her co-host.

“Kaitlyn, you got this. Hold down it down for us both,” Tayshia said. “Much love for everyone.”

Then the former lead captioned her Instagram story, “@kaitlynbristowe love you so much, I’m there in spirit! I’ve cried a lot about not being there tonight but gotta make sure my @bachelornation fam stays safe & healthy.”

Meanwhile, Kaitlyn went on her own Instagram story and shared the same support to both Tayshia and Michelle.

“Missing you Tay, and we love you Michelle,” Kaitlyn wrote.

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