Bachelorette: Why Tayshia Adams Isn’t Co-Hosting Finale With Kaitlyn – Screen Rant

Kaitlyn Bristowe hosted the live finale of Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette on Tuesday night, but Tayshia Adams did not join her.

When the live finale of The Bachelorette started Tuesday night, Kaitlyn Bristowe walked out onto a festively decorated stage solo. She was without her co-hosting partner Tayshia Adams, with whom she has shared hosting duties for two seasons. Fans were surprised that Tayshia was absent on a night that is traditionally touted as the most dramatic ever.

Tayshia and Kaitlyn have been a fun duo since taking over the role from the ousted Chris Harrison. They meshed well with controversial lead Katie Thurston earlier in the year, and their ability to provide sage advice from experience and be a comic relief to the audience earned them another shot to host on Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette. It’s been a refreshing few seasons having two women be able to relate to women leads. Tayshia has been an especially welcome presence on this season because she can relate to a Black woman lead on a franchise that has historically lacked in diversity. On Tuesday night, however, Tayshia was absent.

Kaitlyn announced at the start of the finale on Tuesday that Tayshia had recently been exposed to COVID-19 and would not be appearing during the episode. This comes as a shock to the viewers but makes sense, considering the recent outbreak of the Omicron variant. Tayshia, who has recently spent a considerable amount of time in New York City, where her ex Zac Clark lives, may have been in one of the hotspots where the virus is spreading most rapidly. The new variant has been spreading particularly quickly in the northeast.

On the Men Tell All, Tayshia said that she and Zac had broken up. Consumed by emotion, she left the stage and had to take a break. She has been exceptional throughout her time as co-host for her willingness to be open and vulnerable even as she’s taken on a role that is generally more guarded and robotic than the lead.

Starting with Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor, Jesse Palmer will assume hosting duties for the show. He will likely be a more permanent fixture as host, assuming he performs well in his debut season of the franchise in the new role. However, the franchise should consider bringing back both Kaitlyn and Tayshia for future seasons of The Bachelorette. Their ability to relate to women who are going through similar experiences as they have has been a welcome change from the anodyne hosting style of Chris. Hopefully, Tayshia’s bout with COVID is asymptomatic and she can return to the franchise in due time.

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