Chris Harrison Will Be Replaced On “Bachelor In Paradise” By David Spade And Several Other Guest Hosts
As a lifelong Bachelor fan since 2002, I can tell you that longtime host Chris Harrison operates like a robot with limited romance programming. He could smile. He could pronounce the words “ladies” and “gentlemen” to small, manageable groups of reality TV contestants. He could even make respectful, inoffensive banter about room keys and fantasy suites. But earlier this year, Chris Harrison proved he wasn’t created in an underground bunker at ABC by experts in mild-mannered likeability. Chris Harrison defended a Bachelor contestant’s past racism and went on a tear about the “woke police,” which ended with Chris temporarily stepping away from the show.
Chris has since apologized, and claimed that he has plans to return as host. ABC clearly has other plans, because it was announced that Chris won’t be hosting the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise, and instead, ABC called in a revolving door of celebrity guest hosts, like David Spade. Imagine being too much of a mess to host the messy, boozy summer season spin-off of an already messy dating show? Chris Harrison, look at your life and your choices!
The most recent season of The Bachelor should have gotten tons of attention because it was the first season in 25 seasons to feature a Black bachelor, named Matt James. But that was overshadowed by a contestant named Rachael Kirkconnell, a white woman whose past of liking Confederate Flag posts on social media, sharing QAnon conspiracy theories, attending a plantation-themed party in 2018, and dressing up as a Native American for a party, came back to haunt her in a very public way. Rachael won that season, but Matt later broke up with her, due to – well, everything mentioned above (they have since gotten back together). Rachael is the person who Chris so enthusiastically jumped in to defend, and thus temporarily lost a job.
With the seventh season of Bachelor in Paradise on the horizon, producers have decided to let anybody host. via People magazine:
David Spade will be taking on guest-hosting duties in the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise amid longtime host Chris Harrison’s break from The Bachelor franchise. Spade will be one of the celebrities in a rotating roster of guest hosts for the seventh season of the ABC dating show, a source confirms to People.
David Spade isn’t just some random choice. He is a big fan of The Bachelor franchise, often covering it on Instagram for his own personal enjoyment. He recaps almost every episode, and for free! It’s about time David started getting a check for this.
Neither David Spade nor ABC has confirmed this news, so we won’t know for sure until we see a promo picture of David in a Tommy Bahama short-sleeved button-up, holding a cocktail, with a tag line that reads: “Paradise is about to get Joe Dirt-y.”
We also don’t know what other celebrities will be on hand to guest host Bachelor in Paradise. I wonder if David will recommend some of his famous friends? “Oh, you should call up my friend Kevin James, he used to do TV. And my other friend, Chris Rock, he used to host a show. Or Adam Sandler, he’d be good. And NO, this isn’t just me and my friends trying to scam a free best friends vacation, like we did with Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, how dare you suggest such a thing!”