'Bachelor In Paradise' Fans Make It Clear They Prefer David Spade Over Disgraced OG Chris Harrison: 'The Host We Never Knew We Needed'
The people have spoken: David Spade reigns supreme!
The 57-year-old comedian stepped into the highly coveted role as host of Bachelor in Paradise on Monday, August 16, filling in for disgraced former host Chris Harrison.
Spade will serve as one of the season’s rotating hosts for its first couple of weeks. From the second the actor stepped onto the beach he appeared to fit right in with his wit and laidback vibes.
Fans flocked to social media to praise the Saturday Night Live alum — who is also a major fan of the series — for his humor and genuine connection with the Bachelor Nation stars.
“David Spade is the host we never knew we needed on BIP #BachelorInParadise,” a third wrote, while a fourth commented about their own desire to be on the hit ABC series: “If I was on Bachelor in Paradise (heaven forbid) I would just want to spend the whole time hanging out with @DavidSpade #bip.”
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Harrison came under fire in February for his apparent defense of Bachelor contestant — and eventual winner — Rachael Kirkconnell’s racially insensitive past.
Photos emerged showing Matt James’ main squeeze at a plantation-themed party in 2018 and dressed as a Native American. She was also accused of “liking” photos with the Confederate flag in them. Her controversial social media activity was brought to light while season 25 was airing.
Harrison took a leave of absence following the scandal and his exit was made permanent in June. He took to social media to address his time on the show after news spread that he got the axe.
“I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter,” the longtime host captioned a photo of himself on the After The Final Rose stage via Instagram on Tuesday, June 8. “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together.”
Harrison continued: “While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”