Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are returning for their second season as hosts of The Bachelorette. Adams and Bristowe stepped in to fulfill hosting duties amid the franchise’s former longtime host, Chris Harrison’s, exit. Harrison stepped down after coming to the defense of Rachael Kirkconnell, who’s past racist photos surfaced during Season 25 of The Bachelor.
Adams and Bristowe are co-hosting the currently airing Bachelorette season featuring Katie Thurston as the lead. Next season, former Bachelor star Michelle Young will take the lead role. Young will be just the third lead of color in the franchise’s history, coming behind Adams. Young’s season premieres on October 19.
Both co-hosts have received positive feedback since beginning their hosting gig.
When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter during the season, both women expressed hope to return for another season. “I think people really enjoyed this refreshing season and what women can bring to the table when it comes to empowering one another, and I think people at home really like to see that,” Bristowe said when she was about Young’s season having female hosts. “We’d love to be a part of it. And even if it’s not us, we would love to see women involved.”
Thurston’s season is averaging an estimated 4.5 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. Numbers are reportedly down 25 percent in viewers – and 33 percent in the key ad demographic compared to the fall 2020 season. The season finale airs Monday, Aug. 9.