As manufacturing on season 17 of The Bachelorette prepares to wrap up, Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast is diving deeper into Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s roles in gentle of Chris Harrison’s absence from Katie Thurston’s journey to search out love.
“Their position is extra skilled girlfriends to Katie and skilled contestants to the fellows,” a supply solely advised Us, noting that the previous Bachelorettes had been “introduced in on the final second” after ABC opted to not have Harrison, 49, host.
Whereas a second supply advised Us that the switch-up was among “a lot of very last-minute changes” forward of Thurston’s season — including that Adams, 30, and Bristowe, 35, aren’t “changing” Harrison — the primary insider praised their talents.
“They act skilled, they’re on time,” the insider stated. “They're serving to the franchise as a lot as they will on this funky scenario.”
The community introduced in March that the longtime host wasn’t going to be in New Mexico for Thurston’s season after Harrison came under fire for how he addressed Bachelor season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell’s previous racially insensitive actions.
“We help Chris within the work that he's dedicated to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will help the brand new Bachelorette by way of subsequent season,” ABC stated in a press release to Us after Harrison sat out of Matt James’ After the Last Rose final month. “As we proceed the dialogue round reaching better fairness and inclusion inside The Bachelor franchise, we're devoted to enhancing the BIPOC illustration of our crew, together with among the many government producer ranks. These are vital steps in effecting elementary change in order that our franchise is a celebration of affection that's reflective of our world.”
In keeping with Adams, Harrison offered support for the ladies on their new gig. “What a wild announcement to be made inside the final 24 hours,” she stated through Instagram Tales. “I’m simply so, so, so joyful and I’m so joyful that you just guys are joyful. … The truth that I talked to Chris the opposite day and he was so type and congratulated me for being part of the subsequent season meant absolutely the world.”
Harrison, for his half, employed high-power lawyer Bryan J. Freedman — the identical lawyer Gabrielle Union referred to as on after she was let go from America’s Obtained Expertise — in March. In keeping with the sources, the crew expects and hopes Harrison might be again sooner or later, however they don’t know something for certain.
Season 17 of The Bachelorette premieres on ABC Monday, June 7, at eight p.m. ET.