And the ‘Villain’ of ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 19 Is…

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

The Bachelorette season 19 premiere featured hints of drama, including contestant overlap and Clayton name-drops. But if there’s one “villain” who emerged from the first episode who really needs to go, it’s host Jesse Palmer.

The former NFL quarterback hosted tonight’s episode, which featured the beginning of Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s journey, and he looked totally out of place. Not only did his conversations feel forced, but they also seemed unnecessary.

Here are three reasons why Jesse Palmer should be the next to go home on The Bachelorette season 19.

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1. He has nothing in common with the leads. Despite his prior experience as the Bachelor and host of season 26, he has no idea what they went through emotionally or what they’re about to experience. If the producers wanted a familiar host, it would make more sense to bring back someone who could relate to the women, like Trista Rehn.

2. He’s trying too hard. One of the great things about (problematic former-host) Chris Harrison is that he made hosting look effortless. The same can’t be said for Palmer, who seems way too rehearsed during his opening monologue. *Insert fake laugh*

3. He’s not needed. There’s a time and place for a host—like After the Final Rose—but this isn’t one of them. From introducing the women to announcing the rose ceremony, there hasn’t been a single moment when Palmer’s presence is needed. His “duties” could easily be fulfilled by one of the leads.

Sorry, Palmer. “Villain” may sound a bit harsh, but after episode one, we’re ready to send you packing. Hey, there’s always the next season of The Bachelor.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...