Season 18 of “The Bachelorette” will be co-hosted by former Bachelorette’s Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
Michelle Young will also serve as co-host.
Adams and Bristowe are currently co-hosting Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette following Chris Harrison’s departure from the show.
“I feel so honored to be given the opportunity but I’m just so, so, so happy. And I’m so happy that you guys are happy. I’ve been getting so many phenomenal messages and words of encouragement; it means so much. And the fact that I talked to Chris the other day and he was so kind and congratulated me for being part of the next season meant the absolute world,” Adams said on Instagram Story.
Harrison faced backlash after he defended “The Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell for her past racist behavior.
Kirkconnell faced backlash online after photographs surfaced online of her at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018. During an interview with Rachel Lindsay for “Extra,” Harrison tried to excuse Kirkconnell’s actions — and has been slammed for being a racist apologist.
Harrison later apologized — but Lindsay was unforgiving.
Lindsay rejected Harrison’s apology, saying it came too late:
“I’m going to need that time and space and compassion that he referenced to really accept the apology, because [Chris wasn’t] apologetic at first,” she said. “I’m not saying I can’t get there, it’s just, initially, it’s a little tough for me.”
She added: “There’s implicit racism where you have these unconscious biases and stereotypes and misconceptions of certain groups, and that’s what we were seeing in that interview, and I think it was a moment for people to recognize what was being said and to learn and grow from it, which is what we’re seeing happen now with Chris.”
Harris first went on hiatus from the show before eventually exiting altogether.