ABC confirmed on Tuesday, September 28, that the athlete, 42, will take over internet hosting duties after Harrison’s preliminary step again in March. Palmer is already accustomed to The Bachelor since he’s an alum. Women competed for his affection in the course of the fifth season of the present in 2004, the place he selected Jessica Bowlin as the winner. The duo broke up shortly after the sequence aired. Palmer is now engaged to mannequin Emely Fardo.
“For greater than 20 years, The Bachelor has introduced the world dozens of unforgettable love tales, together with at one time, my very own,” the ESPN persona mentioned in a press release to Us Weekly. “Falling in love is one in all life’s best items, and I’m humbled by the chance to return to the present as host this season to supply the latest Bachelor recommendation gained from firsthand expertise and I’m grateful to play a small half in his journey.”
Us Weekly confirmed earlier this month that Clayton Echard would be the Bachelor within the twenty sixth season. However, ABC has but to verify that the suitor from Michelle Young‘s season of The Bachelorette scored the gig.
Palmer’s announcement comes after a lot controversy concerning the host of The Bachelor. Harrison, 50, left the franchise after almost 20 years earlier this yr. His step down was initially non permanent after defending contestant and winner Rachael Kirkconnell as her racially insensitive social media posts created backlash amongst viewers. The ABC persona formally left the Bachelor franchise in June.
“Chris Harrison is stepping apart as host of The Bachelor franchise,” ABC Entertainment and Warner Horizon confirmed in a press release to Us on the time. “We are grateful for his many contributions over the previous 20 years and need him all one of the best on his new journey.
The former host reportedly acquired an eight-figure settlement when his contract concluded.
Since his exit, different hosts have stepped into the highlight. Former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams shared internet hosting duties for the female-fronted spinoff, The Bachelorette, and Wells Adams expanded his Bachelor in Paradise position to “grasp of ceremonies” whereas well-known visitor hosts — together with Lance Bass and David Spade — rotated every week.
Palmer’s gig is a part of his newest contract extension with Disney. In addition to being the brand new information on The Bachelor, he’ll proceed to be a sports activities analyst on ESPN by way of the school soccer season, a job he has held since 2007. The NFL veteran has loads of internet hosting expertise, having MC’d a number of Disney Parks specials as properly as actuality reveals The Proposal and The Ultimate Surfer.
The Bachelor season 26 is anticipated to air on ABC in 2022.