Chris Harrison Temporarily Replaced on Bachelorette

When your child leaves the nest and heads off to college, it can be one of the most emotional and

Chris Harrison Bacholorette

When your child leaves the nest and heads off to college, it can be one of the most emotional and important days of your life. For Bachelorette host Chris Harrison, this milestone experience also briefly cost him the ability to perform his job. 

The Bachelorette season 16 has already been absolutely awash with drama. The show started filming in July, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming was pushed back to accommodate lock-down protocols. Once filming began, it started with a bombshell; the intended Bachelorette, Clare Crawley, was being replaced by Tayshia Adams.According to reports, Crawley fell hard for one of the contestants on her show, very early on in filming. Crawley was said to refuse to engage with the other contestants, and a last-minute decision was made to replace her with Adams. 

Crawley in, then out!

It was initially announced back in March that Crawley would be this season’s star. Crawley was once a contestant of her own, on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of the Bachelor from 2014.  But rumors soon flew that Crawley was out, and it was said the star cast member quit because she had fallen hard for the recipient of her First Impression rose, Dale Moss. Although later the reports amended to reflect that Crawley didn’t quit, but was given the option to end her involvement with the season early. Under this agreement, Crawley’s brief story would still be shared with audiences, but the season would continue and conclude with another Bachelorette. 

Chris Harrison on The Bachelorette

If Crawley was out, Who was in?

On August 1st, an Instagram account belonging to @bachelornationspoilerssreported that Adams was on the La Quinta premises where season 16 was filming, and rumors soon flew that she was replacing Crawley. Fans immediately exploded with theories and rumors and season 16 drama kicked off with a real bang.

So who is Adams?

Teyshia Adams is a former phlebotomist who spent her own time on The Bachelor, during season 23. She made it to the final three contestants for Colton Underwood, but was left standing when Underwood chose another contestant. Adams also appeared on Bachelor in Paradise, where the 29-year-old fell in love with a castmate, but the relationship fell apart in the months after filming concluded. 

So what happened to Chris?

In order to keep their contestants and crew safe, the producers of The Bachelorette season 16 required everyone on set to go through a 14-day quarantine period prior to filming. They also required that people respect the quarantine and refrain from outside contacts for the duration of filming. This would ensure that they had the smallest chance possible of bringing COVID-19 on set and endangering lives. Harrison, apparently, did not realize that a single day’s decision to engage in a parent’s milestone would result in him losing weeks of work time. 

The Bachelorette''s Chris Harrison

On Tuesday, the proud father shared an Instagram image of himself and his son, with the sweet caption, “Just like that he’s gone. Thought dropping the big man off at college @texaschristianuniversity today was going to crush me but all I could feel is pride and excitement. Especially now, so grateful that they have this opportunity. Now go take on the world and have the time of your life my boy.”

Once producers realized he had broken quarantine, Harrison was told not to return until he had completed another 14-day quarantine. According to US Weekly, Harrison was not happy about being asked to stay away for two weeks. Us reports, “Chris was not happy they were going to make him quarantine in Palm Springs for two weeks without working. He insisted he simply dropped his son off in his dorm room and left, social distancing the entire time.”

So who is replacing Harrison?

Us Weekly reports that the answer to that question is none other than former Bachelor contestant and Bachelorette star, JoJo Fletcher. Fletcher found love on her own 2016 season of the Bachelorette, but her wedded bliss was delayed by the coronavirus

This season is already engaging, before anyone has gotten engaged

With so much drama already brewing before the season has even aired, fans are alight with excitement about what season 16 might bring. The exact air date of the first episode is still in flux, but it is expected to begin this fall. This will certainly be a season to keep your eyes on, if the run up to the first episode is any indication. And while Harrison is understandably upset about losing time on a job he loves, his unexpected leave brings just that extra bit of spice that is sure to keep fans coming back for more as the season continues to evolve and change almost day by day. 


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