News broke last week that Chris Harrison would not return to the show
Last week page six revealed “Saturday Night Live” legend David Spade will host “Bachelor in Paradise” following Chris Harrison’s humiliating exit from the long-running reality franchise.
Now we have learned that several other stars will also be guest. NSYNC star Lance Bass, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess and rapper Lil Jon will take turns leading the show.
We’re told the host will “rotate” over the course of the season, though it’s not yet clear how many shows each star will bring out.
The colored slate is something of a departure from Stade Harrison, which was announced Tuesday – The Entire “Bachelor” Franchise Is Leaving After getting into the race.
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A source told us that the makers chose Spade because they felt the show was getting “too serious” and wanted to add a dose of humour. And insiders say the other stars have been chosen for their strong personalities and to “breathe individuality” and bring “different perspectives” to the tropical dating show.
Lil Jon once made a guest appearance on the show in 2018, and is a huge fan of the Spade franchise. It’s not immediately clear what connection Bass and Burgess has to the ABC show, if any.
Harrison caught in a scam An antebellum-themed fraternity formally attended in 2018 after photos surfaced in February of “Bachelor” contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, most recently.
When asked about shots on “Extra,” Harrison defended her, saying, “We all need a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.”
He said, “Because I’ve seen some things online — this judge, jury, executioner thing — where people are taking this girl’s life apart and diving like her parents, her parents’ voting records ” “It’s incredibly dangerous to watch. I haven’t heard Rachel speak on this yet. And until I actually hear that this woman has had a chance to speak, who am I to say that?”
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He also said that there had been a “wake-up police” for Kirkconnell.
He later wrote on Instagram, “While I don’t speak for Rachel Kirkconnell, my intention was simply to solicit grace to give her the opportunity to speak on my behalf.” “I now realize that what I’ve done is harm by speaking out in the wrong way that perpetuates racism, and for that I am deeply sorry,” he said.
He had previously announced that he would be “stepping away” from the show for an unspecified period, but now the network says he is leaving for good.
He has hosted “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” since debuting in 2002, 2003 and 2014 respectively.
He was already turned into “The Bachelorette” Former “Bachelorettes” by Taesia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristow. It is not yet clear who will take “The Bachelor”.
ABC confirmed the news about the guest hosts on Page Six.