Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe Return to The bachelorette to host the show’s next season. ET can confirm that the pair, who co-hosted Katie Thurston’s season, will be back to host Michelle Young’s season this fall.
When they replaced Chris Harrison in the wake of his racism controversy, Kaitlyn and Tayshia told ET’s Nischelle Turner that they were excited to bring new energy to season 17 of the reality TV series.
“It was good for us to bring the empowerment of women into the show,” Kaitlyn said. “… Just to be part of the change that’s happening in the franchise that’s moving [it] in the right direction, I think we were both happy to step in and be a part of that … I think we’re so used to seeing women getting mean and whatever in these seasons, and I think it was nice to feel that female empowerment and support.
Kaitlyn added that she and Tayshia “weren’t trying to take over anybody’s roles, we’re trying to come in here and do our own thing, have fun and support Katie.”
Women felt like the right women for the job thanks to their own experience as a Bachelorette.
“I just wanted to make sure she knew she had people she could really count on and talk about the hardships she was going through, so she could make the right decision for herself,” Tayshia said. . “I don’t want her to make the decision because she thinks everyone is influencing it… I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the drama of things, guess for yourself, and, for us , we were able to still hold his hand and take him through that. “
“You’re so nervous being single or single. For us, we were so happy to give Katie the confidence she needed, to identify with her and [to tell her,] “We’re here to support you through this and empower you, validate your feelings,” Kaitlyn agreed. “It was a really, really cool role, I feel like, we got on Katie’s journey.”
As Katie’s season draws to a close, ABC announced the 35 men who may have a crush with Michelle, a 28-year-old teacher.
The men are between 25 and 36 years old and are from four countries: the United States, Canada, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. While the 35 men won’t be on the show, most of them will have the chance to win Michelle’s heart.
Fans fell in love with Michelle when she appeared in Matt James’ season The single person. She and Katie were announced as the next two franchises during the After the final rose special.
“I’m ready,” Michelle said of finding love as she ATFR. “I think this process is working. When you can sort out all of these outside distractions and dive in, I think you can really learn a lot about someone. I’m just excited.
Michelle’s season The bachelorette airs Tuesday, October 19 on ABC. So far, ET has you covered throughout Katie’s season with recaps, interviews, and exclusives. Discover all our Bachelorette cover for the latest.