Yes, you can blame COVID-19 for this.

By Christopher Luu
Aug 13, 2020 @ 10:32 pm
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This year's season of The Bachelorette really is looking like the most dramatic season, yet. According to TV Line, for the first time since the Bachelor franchise's inception in 2002, Chris Harrison won't be hosting the show. Bachelor production is mandating that Harrison self-quarantine for 14 days because he dropped off his son, Joshua, at college in Texas. So, while Harrison stays at home, Bachelorette season 12 alum JoJo Fletcher will be taking his place. The production has already been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and reports state that the whole season could be happening at a resort in California, allowing the contestants to quarantine together.

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"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," Harrison wrote alongside a gallery of photos on Instagram. "Especially now, so grateful that they have this opportunity. Now go take on the world and have the time of your life my boy."

Harrison is expected to join the production and host the show as soon as he can.

Bachelor Nation will recognize Fletcher as one of the contestants from Ben Higgins's season of The Bachelor. She finished as the runner-up to Lauren Bushnell, but managed to snag something some see as better than the final rose: the role of Bachelorette in 2016. She ended up choosing Jordan Rodgers and the two are still engaged.

In addition to the hosting mixup, there are rumors that Clare Crawley, season 16's lead, may have found true love with one of her suitors — and decided not to finish out her season. Reports are circulating that Tayshia Adams, who appeared on Colton Underwood's turn as Bachelor, was enlisted as the new Bachelorette. Furthermore, TV Line adds that familiar faces Becca Kufrin and Hannah Ann Sluss are also involved with season 16, though the details of that rumor are still under wraps.