Jesse Palmer returns to Bachelor franchise as new host to replace Chris Harrison after racism fiasco

Jesse Palmer returns to Bachelor franchise as host after Chris Harrison controversy… 17 years after starring in season five of the ABC show










Jesse Palmer returns to The Bachelor franchise as the new host replacing Chris Harrison after starring on the show 17 years ago.

The 42-year-old former star of season five of The Bachelor will host the upcoming 26th season of The Bachelor, which will air on ABC in early 2022, the network announced Tuesday.

Harrison, 50, left The Bachelor at the end of last season amid a racism controversy after hosting the show and its various spin-offs since 2002.

Returning: Jesse Palmer, seen this August in Santa Monica, California, returns to The Bachelor franchise as the new host replacing Chris Harrison

“For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including mine once,” Palmer said in a statement.

Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I’m humbled by the chance to return to the show this season as host to offer the latest bachelor’s advice I learned from my own experience and I’m grateful that I played a small part in his journey,” Palmer added.

The former NFL quarterback played the part of The Bachelor himself during season five, which aired in 2004.

He had a strong relationship with The Walt Disney Company as a sports commentator for ESPN, a former special contributor to Good Morning America, and roles on ABC News.

Former Host: Chris Harrison, 50, left The Bachelor at the end of last season amid a racism controversy after hosting the show and its various spin-offs since 2002 and will be featured in a still from Season 16 of 2020 The Bachelorette

Former Host: Chris Harrison, 50, left The Bachelor at the end of last season amid a racism controversy after hosting the show and its various spin-offs since 2002 and will be featured in a still from Season 16 of 2020 The Bachelorette

Palmer has hosted ABC’s new reality series The Ultimate Surfer, which premiered August 23.

The Disney sports network also announced Tuesday that Palmer, who has been an ESPN analyst since 2007, has also signed an extension and will continue his studio role with the network during the 2021-2022 college football season.

Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment confirmed in June that Harrison would not be returning to The Bachelor franchise after a racism fiasco that occurred during season 25 of The Bachelor starring Matt James, 29, the first African-American protagonist in the franchise’s history.

Bachelor veteran: The former NFL quarterback starred as The Bachelor himself during season five which aired in 2004

Bachelor veteran: The former NFL quarterback starred as The Bachelor himself during season five which aired in 2004

Harrison, in an interview with former The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, 36, defended Rachael Kirkconnell, 25, who ultimately chose James as the winner after photos of her surfaced at a antebellum plantation-themed fraternity ball in 2018.

He apologized for “speaking in a way that perpetuates racism” and took a break from the franchise before splitting from it.

Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, who previously starred in The Bachelorette, hosted the past season of The Bachelorette and celebrity guests have presented the current season of Bachelor In Paradise.

Racism controversy: Harrison, shown in 2020 on season 25 of The Bachelor, in an interview with former The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, 36, defended Rachael Kirkconnell, 25, who ultimately chose James as the winner after photos of her surfaced during a antebellum plantation themed brotherhood ball in 2018.

Racism controversy: Harrison, shown in 2020 on season 25 of The Bachelor, in an interview with former The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, 36, defended Rachael Kirkconnell, 25, who ultimately chose James as the winner after photos of her surfaced during a antebellum plantation themed fraternity ball in 2018.

Palmer also served as the presenter of DailyMail TV for three seasons from 2017 to 2020.

Producers of DailyMail TV announced in August 2020 that Palmer was being replaced by Thomas Roberts, 48, for season four.

Season 26 of Palmer-hosted The Bachelor will begin production soon, and the season is expected to air in early 2022.

Strong relationship: Palmer has a strong relationship with The Walt Disney Company as a sports commentator at ESPN, former special contributor to Good Morning America and roles on ABC News, and will be featured in August with Disney TV exec Rob Mills and ABC exec Craig Erwich

Strong relationship: Palmer has a strong relationship with The Walt Disney Company as a sports commentator at ESPN, former special contributor to Good Morning America and roles on ABC News, and will be featured in August with Disney TV exec Rob Mills and ABC exec Craig Erwich

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