Jesse Palmer named as new host for The Bachelor season 26 after Chris Harrison’s exit

Jesse Palmer named as new host for The Bachelor season 26 after Chris Harrison’s exit

Jesse Palmer has been announced as the new host for The Bachelor season 26.

The 42-year-old former football pro first appeared on the show as a contestant in season five and will now take up the hosting duties for the dating franchise.

Jesse released a statement as ABC announced the news on Tuesday.

He 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 first-hand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.”

It isn’t Jesse’s first hosting gig, with his resume also showcasing the likes of The Proposal, Holiday Baking Championship and The Ultimate Surfer. He is also a football analyst for ESPN.

Jesse Palmer went in search for love on season five of The Bachelor
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In 2004’s series, he gave his final rose to Jessica Bowlin. Their relationship didn’t last long however and the pair went their separate ways shortly after the show aired.

He is now engaged to model Emely Fardo.

His appointment as host comes as former front-man Chris Harrison left the franchise after he appeared defend racism.

Chris, 50, had defended former contestant Rachael Kirkconnel after she had received backlash after photos of her attending an antebellum plantation themed fraternity ball in 2018 resurfaced online.

He later apologised for his actions.

Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment confirmed in June that he would not be returning to hosting duties for the show following the incident.

Chris’s comments only served to intensify the debate around race on The Bachelor, with the show having been criticised for a long time over a lack of diversity.

Following his departure, Chris took to Instagram to share his thoughts on his departure. He wrote: “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.

Chris Harrison said he is ‘so grateful’ for the role he played in The Bachelor franchise

“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.”

Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe hosted both Katie Thurston’s and Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette, while there was also a series of celeb guests for Bachelor in Paradise.

Season 26 is now ready and will reportedly star Clayton Echard when it premieres in 2022.

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