Bachelor Nation’s Tanner Tolbert known as the “Bachelor” franchise’s plans to insert a carousel of celeb hosts a “circus.”
Tolbert — who met wife Jade Roper on “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2015 — reacted to the information that Tituss Burgess, David Spade, Lance Bass and Lil Jon will serve as rotating hosts on Season 7 of the “Bachelor” spinoff following Chris Harrison’s permanent departure.
“Don’t get me wrong… I loved David Spade in Tommy Boy… but I could care less about him handing out date cards or giving commentary. We watch the show to see relationships and drama … Not so see this ‘host’ circus. It takes away from the show in my opinion,” the father of three posted.
On Tuesday, Harrison introduced his exit from “The Bachelor” after 19 years. He had beforehand stepped aside from the franchise in February over a racism controversy.
Tolbert, who first appeared on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of “The Bachelorette” in 2015, mentioned the present must get its act collectively — and quick.
“I think the ‘Bachelor’ franchise needs to figure their s–t out, and figure it out quick, because I think the show is on a slippery slope right now, and I, as a fan of the show, first and foremost, I want to see it keep going,” Tolbert mentioned on his Instagram Stories.
Noting he had just lately seen Katie Thurston’s Season 17 premiere of “The Bachelorette,” which is being co-hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, Tolbert continued, “The host doesn’t must be the star of the present.
Tolbert defined that his “rant” wasn’t about Harrison, 49, Bristowe, 35, or Adams, 29, however how the main target of the exhibits ought to be about what’s creating between members on digital camera.
“I just want to watch real people meet on screen for the first time, date and then let the show take the twists and turns that unfold from there,” Tolbert mentioned.
“The show used to do a good job of letting the drama unfold in real-time, and then making storylines out of that,” he continued. “Now, I feel like they’re trying to force the show down a set of tracks of what they think is good TV, and it’s coming off wrong.”
Tolbert added that he “hopes the show succeeds,” noting, “right now, it’s a train wreck.”
Harrison was embroiled in controversy earlier this 12 months when he defended “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after racially insensitive social media posts and actions from her previous resurfaced — saying followers ought to supply Kirkconnell “a little grace, a little understanding.” He later apologized for “speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism.”
Harrison is claimed to have wished a $25 million payout for his “Bachelor” exit, a supply beforehand told Page Six.