Jesse Palmer Named as New Host

Third time’s the charm! Bachelor BacheloretteHosting Jesse Palmerhas been announced as the new host Bachelor in Paradise.

43-year old ex-football player took over for Chris HarrisonIn September 2021, Palmer will host the eighth season of Bachelor spinoff before its fall premiere. Bachelor Nation favourite Palmer will join Palmer Wells Adams, who will once again return as the show’s resident bartender and contestant confidante. The 38-year-old radio DJ was also one of Bachelor in Paradise‘s revolving door of hosts during season 7, which premiered in September 2021.

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Although the cast for the upcoming season is not yet known, ABC Entertainment President Craig Erwich teased during ABC’s Upfront event on Tuesday, May 17, that many Bachelor Nation favorites will hit the beach this year. “When I think of some of the people they have in mind to come back for Bachelor in Paradise, I think it’s going to continue to be a very watched and very discussed block of programming on Mondays and Tuesdays,” he said, per Deadline.

Before returning as host, Palmer was on season 5 The BachelorThe program aired from 2004 to 2005. He replaced the show’s longtime host and executive producer after Harrison, 50, came under fire in February 2021 after he appeared to defend Matt James’ season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell’s past actions at an Old South-themed college party.

“I said to [Clayton Echard] right from the beginning, ‘Hey man, if you ask for advice, I’ll totally be there to give it to you, but this is not about me,’” the sports commentator told Us WeeklyIn January. “My journey is different from your journey, different from every other Bachelor that’s ever done this before, and this is unique to you and he’s gonna figure it out. And so the biggest pressure for me was just being there in the most truthful, sincere and best way to help Clayton get what he is looking for.”

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When runners up Rachel Recchia Gabby Windeywere announced as coBachelorettes for season 26 Bachelor: After The Final RosePalmer also revealed that he would be retiring in March. Kaitlyn Beristowe Tayshia AdamsThe new Bachelorette host.

“I guess — spoiler alert — I’m not coming back,” Bristowe, 36, said during an episode of her “Off the Vine” podcast shortly after the news broke. “I saw at the end of the finale Jesse was announcing the two Bachelorettes, and he said he was going to be by their side for that. I think Jesse’s amazing. … He’ll be a great host, and I hope he helps Gabby and Rachel in any way that he can.”

She continued: “I want to support Gabby and Rachel and be there for them so bad. It is logical for a woman be there for them. … I will be sad.”

Adams, 31, confirmed that she and her former cohost had known about the network’s plans to hire Palmer ahead of the announcement. “Kaitlyn and I both had a phone call weeks prior saying that they were going to go forward with Jesse so it wasn’t really a surprise,” she told Us WeeklyOnly in March “I’m very happy for him. I feel like he’s been so sweet and kind to me, so I wish everybody that takes that position the very best and I’m excited to see the new season.”

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