Chris Harrison graduated from The Bachelor several months after being embroiled in a racism scandal.
The star, 49, announced in February that he would be temporarily “retiring” from the franchise, but said he planned to return to duty at some point – however, now he’s done for good.
As recently as last week, it was announced that he would not be returning on “Bachelor in Paradise” and that the show would instead be hosted by a rotating group of comedians.
With Harrison out, here are some of the people who could replace him as the host of the “Bachelor” franchise:
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Wells Adams and Sarah Hyland
Former “Bachelorette” contestant Wells Adams and fiancee Sarah Hyland are certainly in the running given that their relationship – though not formed on any of the “Bach” shows – is one of the highest–profile relationships for a former franchisee.
Adams, 37, competed for the heart of fan-favorite JoJo Fletcher in season 12 of “The Bachelorette” in 2016, but ultimately ended up dating Hyland, 30, in 2017.
Hyland is best known for starring in “Modern Family” as Haley Dunphy, daughter of Phil and Claire Dunphy. According to IMDb, she only has two upcoming movie roles, which means she might have time to add a hosting gig to the mix.
Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe
The dynamic duo and alumni of the “Bach” franchise Tayisha Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are already one step ahead of the competition as they prepare to co-host the next season of “The Bachelorette.”
Bristowe, 35, participated in “The Bachelor” in early 2015 before becoming “The Bachelorette” later that year. She is currently engaged to her colleague Jason Tartick.
Adams, 30, made her first franchise appearance as a contestant on “The Bachelor” in early 2019. She then appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” and was the “Bachelorette” of 2020 after replacing Clare Crawley. She is currently engaged to Zac Clark.
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A fan favorite, Fletcher, has also replaced Harrison previously.
In December 2020, she appeared as the host of “The Bachelorette” for two episodes of the 16th season of the series where Tayshia Adams starred.
The 30-year-old reality TV star is currently engaged to Jordan Rodgers, brother of football pro Aaron Rodgers. Considering how they met on the show, it’s possible that Fletcher’s beau would join her as the host.
Like several others on this list, Emmanuel Acho has already replaced Harrison.
The former football star and current sports analyst, 30, hosted the season 25 episode “After the Final Rose” of “The Bachelor,” which was the first episode in which Harrison did not appear.
The hosting gig was a bit of a surprise considering he’s never appeared in the franchise before, but it lends itself to the possibility that fans might see more of him onscreen in the future – although ‘he said he didn’t “believe in canceling culture” when asked if Harrison should be deleted permanently.
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One of the most talked about candidates in recent weeks, Colton Underwood could become a franchise staple and serve as host.
In 2018, he appeared as a contestant on both “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” before becoming the star of the 2019 season of “The Bachelor,” which ultimately paired him with Cassie Randolph.
However, the star himself has been at the center of controversy of late after an unfriendly break-up with Randolph led her to file an injunction against the 29-year-old star in 2020. Earlier this year, Underwood s’ is revealed to be gay.
Rachel Lindsay is another fan favorite who could potentially take the reins when it comes to accommodation.
Since her historic turn as the first black star of “The Bachelorette,” Lindsay, 36, has made a name for herself as a correspondent for “Extra.”
In fact, Lindsay was involved in Harrison’s downfall. During an interview with the star on “Extra,” Harrison defended the actions of “Bachelor” candidate Rachael Kirkconnell, who attended an Antebellum-themed party in 2018. The interview sparked reactions negative for Harrison and led to his departure.
Former NFL star Michael Strahan is another popular TV personality who could appear as a potential host for the show.
Strahan, 49, was famous as co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael” alongside Kelly Ripa for many years before leaving.
In 2018, he began working as the host of a companion show “Good Morning America” with Sara Haines and Keke Palmer, which was canceled in 2020.
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“Saturday Night Live” alumnus David Spade became known for taking playful hits at the “Bach” franchise on Twitter and in late-night talk show appearances.
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Despite what some may feel as a contempt for the series, Spade, 56, actually appears to be a fan of the franchise, as he would be among the comedians expected to host “Bachelor in Paradise” and was the first to wrap up a okay with doing it.
Fox News’s Jessica Napoli contributed to this report