Wells Adams was admittedly “a little” disappointed not to land the Bachelor gig

Wells Adams attends the 47th Annual People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 07, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.

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The Bachelor will have a new host in the New Year – and Wells Adams is a bit disappointed that he isn’t.

In September, ABC announced that season five bachelor’s lead actor, Jesse Palmer, would host the show after Chris Harrison’s departure from the franchise in June, starting with season 26, which premieres on January 3, 2022.

At the 2021 People’s Choice Awards, Adams, the bachelorette season 12 alum, told Us Weekly that he was “a little” sad about not getting the role.

“But I was never the bachelor, so I understood the decision,” the reality star told the outlet on Tuesday on the red carpet. “I also know Jesse very well, I’ve worked with him before. So I saw him as the host, he was a bachelor.” [so it] makes total sense. You know i’m happy [for him]. “

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Palmer, 43, previously hosted ABC reality shows such as The Proposal (2018) and The Ultimate Surfer (2021) and The Holiday Baking Championship on the Food Network. The former NFL quarterback has also been with ESPN since 2007 and currently serves as a college football analyst for the network.

On Monday, Adams told Us Weekly that “change is tough” for the undergraduate audience, but he still holds up Palmer, though it may be “strange” for some to moderate him first. “He’s a wonderful guy so I’m happy,” he shared.

Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams arrive for the 2021 People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on December 7, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.

Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams arrive for the 2021 People’s Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on December 7, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.

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However, the former undergraduate franchise candidate isn’t closing the door on a show. “There is no host for [Bachelor in] Paradise yet, “he suggested,” so we’ll see. “

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Palmer takes on the new host role almost seven months after Harrison parted ways with The Bachelor franchise. Harrison sparked controversy for appearing to defend former undergraduate candidate Rachael Kirkconnell, who had been called on for old social media posts where she was seen attending an antebellum-themed college party Plantation and was dressed in Native American clothing for a costume in 2018 (she has since apologized).

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In a February interview with former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsey on Extra, Harrison suggested treating Kirkconnell with “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” before comparing the “lens” of the 2021 photos to Questioned in 2018.

Harrison later issued a statement apologizing for “speaking wrongly in a way that perpetuates racism” and announced that he would “resign” from the Bachelor a few days later “indefinitely”.

Wells Adams attends the 47th Annual People's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 07, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.

Wells Adams attends the 47th Annual People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 07, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.

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Meanwhile, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe have hosted consecutive seasons of The Bachelorette, starring Katie Thurston and Michelle Young.

After Palmer was announced as the show’s new host in September, Palmer raved about the opportunity to host the reality franchise.

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“For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought dozens of unforgettable love stories to the world, including my own,” Palmer said in a statement at the time. “Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I feel humble at the opportunity to return to the show as a host this season to share the latest undergraduate advice firsthand, and I’m grateful to a little one Part to play in his journey. “

Season 18 of The Bachelorette currently airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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