'The Bachelor' Announces Jesse Palmer As New Host Replacing Chris Harrison

The season 5 star has been tapped to take over the hosting duties in season 26 of 'The Bachelor', but it is reported that he will also host upcoming seasons of 'The Bachelor' and its spin-offs to come.

AceShowbiz - "The Bachelor" has found its new host following Chris Harrison's exit. On Tuesday, September 28, ABC revealed that season 5 star Jesse Palmer had been tapped to take over the hosting duties in season 26 of "The Bachelor".

Jesse revealed his excitement over the new gig in a statement. The television broadcaster and former NFL quarterback said, "For more than 20 years, 'The Bachelor' has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own."

"Falling in love is one of life's greatest gifts, and I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey," he continued.

According to Variety, Jesse is currently only signed to host forthcoming season 26 of "The Bachelor", which is set to air in 2022. However, the franchise plans to have "continue with the franchise in the future, both on the flagship 'Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette'." Meanwhile, the host for "Bachelor in Paradise" is still being negotiated.

Chris Harrison officially stepped down from his role as the host of "The Bachelor" franchise in June following controversy surrounding his comments on contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. During a podcast with former "The Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay, Chris appeared to defend Rachael, who received backlash for attending a racist, antebellum-themed party while in college.

"I've had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I'm excited to start a new chapter," Chris said on Instagram, captioning a photo from the show. "I'm so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we've made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I've made will last a lifetime."

At the time, Warner Bros. and ABC confirmed his exit, saying in a statement, "Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of 'The Bachelor' franchise. We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey."

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