The New Host of ‘The Bachelor’ Is…Jesse Palmer (Really, ABC?!)

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Disappointment is in the air after ABC’s latest announcement. The network just revealed that Jesse Palmer will replace Chris Harrison as host of The Bachelor season 26.

“For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own,” the former pro football player and TV personality said in a statement, according to Variety. “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 firsthand experience, and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.”

There’s no denying the former NFL quarterback is qualified for the job. Not only did he star on season five of The Bachelor, but he also hosted The Proposal and The Ultimate Surfer. Still, the only question that remains is…why? Why is ABC bringing in another straight Caucasian male when there are so many other options?

To name just a few examples, the network could have enlisted multiple guest hosts, like the current season of Bachelor in Paradise. Or ABC could have recruited a woman of color like Tayshia Adams, who hosted Katie Thurston’s—and then Michelle Young’s—season of The Bachelorette alongside Kaitlyn Bristowe. This wouldn’t be a terrible idea, especially since The Bachelor could use some feminine energy. (#Preach) Or it could have scrapped the host idea altogether and brought in a bartender slash advice guru, like Wells Adams, to lead the rose ceremonies. 

If anything, Harrison’s departure should have been an opportunity for The Bachelor to branch out and try something new. The decision to cast Palmer (AKA Chris 2.0) seems like an easy way out, and it didn’t go unnoticed. Just saying.

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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...