Former Bachelorette Tayshia Adams to Co-Host Next Season of ‘The Bachelorette’

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Fan-favorite former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will co-host the upcoming season of the Bachelorette, following the widespread controversy over former host Chris Harrison.

In a joint statement to PEOPLE, Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment announced the news.

“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette,” the statement read. “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season.”

THE BACHELOR – “The Bachelor: The Women Tell All” – Twenty of the most unforgettable women this season will return to confront each other and Colton and offer the lowdown on their quarrels and personal hostilities as they battled to capture Colton’s heart. Chris Harrison takes a look back at some of the “memorable breakdowns and breakups” in series history. Dramatic feuds are revived between Oneyka and Nicole, Demi and Courtney, and Katie and Caelynn. Colton also must face the scrutiny of the women he sent home, while the ladies must defend their own behavior. Then take a look at some of the hilarious bloopers from this season and a sneak peek of one of the most unpredictable endings in franchise history on “The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,” TUESDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) CHRIS HARRISON

“As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks,” the statement said. “These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”

Following the announcement, Bristowe shared a clip of her and co-host Adams dancing together.

She captioned the clip, “Let’s go girls.”

Former host Chris Harrison stepped away from the show last month after defending Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racial actions.

While on the show, past social media posts of Kirkconnell dressed in Native American-themed attired attending antebellum-plantation-themed party resurfaced.

During an interview with Extra, Harrison questioned the “lens” of 2021 compared to what people considered “understanding” in 2018.

Kirkconnell, a current contestant on the Bachelor, has issued an apology.