For the first time in “The Bachelor” franchise history, Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host — but only for a handful of episodes, as Harrison is heading into quarantine as a safety precaution, after briefly leaving the set of the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette.”
Former “Bachelorette” star JoJo Fletcher, who starred on Season 12 of the ABC dating show in 2016, will fill in for Harrison during the days of shooting when he is under quarantine, Variety has confirmed with sources close to production.
ABC and Warner Bros. TV were not immediately available for comment, though the network and studio typically do not comment on casting rumors related to “The Bachelor” franchise when shows are in production.
Harrison left the set to drop his son off at college. Earlier this week, he posted on Instagram that he had dropped off his son at Texas Christian University.
Due to the strict safety precautions on the set of “The Bachelorette” during the coronavirus pandemic, even Harrison would not be able to return to the cast and crew without completing a multi-day quarantine.