The Bachelor Season 26 premiere didn’t just introduce a new Bachelor, but also a brand new host.
Jesse Palmer officially made his hosting debut. While Jesse greatly resembles Clayton Echard physically, his hosting style resembles the long-time host of The Bachelor franchise Chris Harrison.
The Bachelorette cohost Kaitlyn Bristowe was recently asked to rate Jesse’s hosting performance, considering she and her cohost Tayshia Adams know more than most what it’s like to host within the franchise.
True to Kaitlyn’s personality, she gave an honest and amusing answer.
Kaitlyn Bristowe gives Jesse Palmer a high rating
Amid her travels, Kaitlyn Bristowe took to her Instagram stories to discuss the newest season of The Bachelor with her fans and followers.
Kaitlyn opened herself up to questions and comments by writing, “Let’s talk about the episode. Twas a doozy.”
One fan commented with curiosity about what Kaitlyn thinks of Jesse Palmer as the host. The fan wrote, “Jesse Palmer’s performance out of 10…and go!”
Kaitlyn shared a photo of herself in a face mask and responded to the question by writing, “Would have been a 10 if he was hiding in the bushes giving commentary with popcorn. So I’ll give him a 9.5.”
Kaitlyn’s “bushes” comment refers to her and Tayshia’s style of hosting, where they’d often stand somewhere close by The Bachelorette and watch and giggle as the leading lady met her men on opening night.
Jesse Palmer receiving a 9.5 is certainly high praise, and he seems to have received the seal of approval from Kaitlyn.
Why aren’t Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams hosting The Bachelor?
When Chris Harrison shocked the world and parted ways with The Bachelor franchise after nearly 20 years, he was replaced by former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, who hosted the last two seasons of The Bachelorette.
Despite having two seasons of hosting under their belt, the franchise chose to switch it up when it came to The Bachelor and hire Jesse Palmer instead of having Kaitlyn and Tayshia host both series.
When asked about why she won’t be hosting The Bachelor, Kaitlyn seemed to understand the decision, noting that it makes sense for someone who used to be the Bachelor to host the Bachelor.
Regarding hosting The Bachelor, Kaitlyn told Us Weekly, “We never really thought that would be our position. I mean, we never really thought we’d still be here for a second season hosting. I think it’s cool to have a male that’s been in that position help mentor the lead and say, ‘I’ve been here, I’ve done this, and I’m here to help you.’ So it made sense for me that they got a past Bachelor and also someone that, like, has been in a hosting role before. He’s gonna do a really great job.”
Kaitlyn seems to be loving Jesse Palmer as the host of The Bachelor. How would you rate Jesse Palmer’s hosting performance so far?
The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.