11:37am PDT, Jun 9, 2021
With Chris Harrison giving up the keys to the Bachelor Nation franchise, the focus has shifted to the obvious question: who will take over? While many names are sure to rise to the surface, this is actually not uncharted waters for the show, as several notable names have guest hosted in the past, and more are set to guide the ship in the future. On June 9, 2021, one day following Chris’ announcement that he’s leaving the show after 19 years, it was confirmed that Lance Bass would be part of a rotation of hosts who will steer “Bachelor in Paradise” in its upcoming season. Click through to see who else has hosted the franchise in the past, and who’s slated to host in the future.
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Lil Jon once guest-starred on the show in 2018, but he’s set to return in 2021. The rapper will be one of several names who will guest host “Bachelor in Paradise.” Yeah!
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“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess will join a slew of celebrities to command the 2021 season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” “Welcome to paradise,” the franchise’s Instagram said while confirming the news.
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In early June 2021, multiple media outlets said David Spade would fill in to host the 2021 season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” David is admittedly a “Bachelor” superfan. In the wake of the drama surrounding the show — the catalyst being former contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racist actions — producers wanted to lighten things up. “The producers want to put some fun in the show. They think it’s become too serious,” a source told Page Six.
“Bachelor” superfan Sarah Hyland and her fiance, Wells Adams, will reportedly join the rotation of “Bachelor in Paradise” guest hosts in August 2021. Sarah has often spoke of her love for the franchise on social media. Wells, meanwhile, has been deeply invested, having appeared on the 12th season of “The Bachelorette.” He’s also appeared as the hotel bartender in three seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise.”
JoJo Fletcher is no stranger to the dating franchise, as she starred on the 20th season of “The Bachelor” in 2016. She then led the following season of “The Bachelorette,” where she got engaged to Jordan Rodgers. In 2020, JoJo actually filled in and guest hosted several episodes of “The Bachelorette” while Chris Harrison took his son to college.
Just one year after stepping into “The Bachelorette” role, Tayshia Adams stepped into the role of guest host of the same show. Tayshia is currently co-hosting Katie Thurston’s “Bachelorette” season, which debuted on June 7, 2021.
Kaitlyn Bristowe knows all about the dating game journey, as she’s been on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” In 2021, she moved into a new role, as she’s co-hosting Katie Thurston’s “Bachelorette” season alongside Tayshia Adams. “We’ve got you!” Kaitlyn told Katie on Twitter before the season aired.
Amid the drama from Matt James’ “Bachelor” season, Emmanuel Acho stepped in to host the “After The Final Rose” show. The former NFL linebacker filled in to confront former contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racist actions. Fans were very receptive to his stint. “This was by far the most stressful thing I’ve ever had to do, but I hope I honored and served y’all well,” he said on Instagram afterward.