Learn the real reason Chris Harrison won’t be hosting The Bachelorette.
The 2020 version of The Bachelorette reportedly had to replace their lead woman halfway through the season, and now it looks like the show will have a new host as well.
Chris Harrison has been serving as the presenter of the ABC dating series since it premiered in 2003, but now will be succeeded temporarily by JoJo Fletcher, ex-contestant on The Bachelor Season 20 as well as the lead on The Bachelorette season 12.
Meanwhile, to remain medically clear for The Bachelorette Season 16, the entire cast and crew needed to quarantine together for a couple of weeks at a resort in La Quinta, California, as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus.
Yes JoJo is there to fill in for Chris as he quarantines, but the days seem off. Cast and crew didn’t quarantine for 14 days before filming began. It was around a week. And missing 14 days would be way more than 2 rose ceremonies. https://t.co/j9MuaEftzu
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 13, 2020
On 11th August, however, Harrison dropped his son off at college, which means he had to go through another quarantine for two weeks, prohibiting him from shooting.
In the Almost Famous podcast, former Bachelor participant Ashley Iaconetti said:
The Bachelor bubble down there is the safest place you can be right now. There are so many tests going on down there and so much quarantining going on.
The explanation for Fletcher becoming eligible to take the position of Harrison as The Bachelorette host is down to the fact that she had already self-isolated at home to make a guest appearance in the series.
As a presenter, she hosts CNBC’s Cash Pad with her fiance Jordan Rodgers, making her qualified enough to carry over the hosting gig.
According to a source speaking to US Weekly, Harrison shall be returning for the final few episodes. In the meantime, another source informs the magazine the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is not pleased about this move.
The source said:
Chris was not happy they were going to make him quarantine in Palm Springs for two weeks without working. He insisted he simply dropped his son off in his dorm room and left, social distancing the entire time.
This comes following an announcement earlier this month that Tayshia Adams displaced the initial Bachelorette for the year, Clare Crawley after she fell in love early with a suitor and declined to go on any further dates.
The original promo for the series showed the contestants in silhouette, adding steam to the theories that there were specific improvements taking place behind the scenes.
The social network ad then featured Crawley’s face but didn’t put the speculations to bed — particularly after series producer Mike Fleiss tweeted, “Strange times … #The Bachelorette.”
Strange times… #TheBachelorette
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) August 11, 2020
As per several sources, the series will begin by sharing Clare’s story, before shifting the focus to the new Bachelorette.