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Bachelorette 17: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams replacing Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison will not host The Bachelorette season 17, which will instead be hosted by two former cast members from the ABC franchise: Bachelorette 16 co-star Tayshia Adams and Bachelorette 11 star and Dancing with the Stars winner Kaitlyn Bristowe will co-host.

Update: Later Friday night, ABC confirmed the news with an Instagram post that confirmed Chris Harrison was out and said Tayshia and Kaitlyn “will support the new Bachelorette”

Season 17 stars Katie Thurston, who will be one of two Bachelorette stars this year.

Does this mean Chris Harrison has been fired from the ABC reality show and spin-offs he’s hosted since 2002? Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in their statement that “We support Chris in the work that he is doing,” and only said he “will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette.”

Previously, he said he’d be taking an indefinite leave, which means he could return, and that’s still possible, though less likely now that he’s been replaced.

Steve Carbone, aka Reality Steve, first reported the news, tweeting:

“Tayshia Adams & Kaitlyn Bristowe are your new co-hosts for Katie’s Bachelorette season. [Everyone] 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.

Earlier Friday, TMZ reported the cast was in New Mexico but Chris Harrison was not on set at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, and suggested a decision had not yet been made on host, and wouldn’t be made until after the finale, hosted by Emmanuel Acho, airs on Monday.

Like the two seasons of the franchise that filmed in 2020, The Bachelorette season 17 is filming in a single location, where the cast and crew will all be living in a bubble.

Chris Harrison and Tayshia Adams on The Bachelorette 16
Chris Harrison and Tayshia Adams on The Bachelorette 16. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC)

Assuming this plays out, and most of what Steve reports usually does, I think it’s a really smart move to have two former stars host the season.

They can actually understand what the lead is going through, and also empathize with the suitors, as both Kaitlyn and Tayshia have been on The Bachelor, too.

Will The Bachelorette use this as an opportunity to redefine the host’s role, especially with two co-hosts? Let’s be honest: the show does not need two people to replace Chris Harrison.

Next Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe
New Bachelorette co-host Kaitlyn Bristowe during her season of The Bachelorette. (Photo by Denton Hanna/ABC)

Chris Harrison’s in-season work is minimal—there really is not a need for someone to step in and tell the bachelor or bachelorette that there is just one rose remaining, assuming the star can count to one—and quite honestly a wind-up toy carrying cue cards could do his job.

Most of his work comes during the reunions at the end of the season, unless he’s called upon to feign concern during one of the scenes a producer has created, or to maximize the show’s exploitation.

And, of course, he’s the public face of the show, doing interviews to promote and defend it, though he is no longer hosting because of how atrociously he behaved in an interview.

Earlier Friday, The Los Angeles Times’ Greg Braxton reported about how the show “is in crisis mode, caught up in a firestorm involving racism, online abuse and questions about the future of besieged ‘Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison.”

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