Kaitlyn Bristowe is not here for the criticism!
The Off the Vine podcast host responded to some of her critics who took to the comment section of a recent Instagram post. Bristowe posted a video dancing with Tayshia Adams after ABC announced the former Bachelorettes would be co-hosting the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, with the caption, “Let’s go girls…..”
The fan-favorite stars are filling in the role typically held by Chris Harrison after the longtime host drew criticism for saying racially insensitive comments during an Extra interview with Rachel Lindsay. The decision has been met with mixed reactions.
ABC announced the news a week ago. “Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of ‘The Bachelorette,’” read a statement signed by Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment. “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season.”
The statement continued, “As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within ‘The Bachelor’ franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks. These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Bristowe Has Been Accused of Celebrating ‘Being Involved in Cancel Culture’
Harrison’s supporters have continued to be vocal, with some harassing Lindsay and causing her to temporarily quit Instagram. Now it seems, they are expressing their discontent with Bristowe.
When one follower wrote, “Horrible to celebrate being involved in Cancel Culture… Bachelor Nation is over,” the Canada-native responded, “I’m celebrating a friendship here to be honest.”
Bristowe and Adams are not the first Bachelorettes to fill in for Harrison. When he dropped his son off at college during Adams’ season, JoJo Fletcher stepped in for a couple of weeks.
Yet, someone still declared, “Sorry but no. Love you Kaitlyn but Chris is the only host for The Bachelor/Bachelorette.” Bristowe was quick to clarify, “Truthfully we are there to support the new bachelorette. We aren’t ‘replacing’ anyone!!!”
In a similar sentiment, Bristowe questioned the comment “Love you kaitlyn but no, just no,” with, “Do you though?”
As many fans have vowed not to watch, one follower wrote, “Bachelor ratings are gonna be so low” with laughing emojis. The Spade & Sparrows wine owner responded, “Such a supportive female, we love to see it!”
No official announcement has been made about Harrison’s longterm future with the franchise.
Bachelorettes Have Shared Their Support
While there were certainly critics, many took to Bristowe’s comments to share their excitement. Among them, Bachelor Nation stars, especially former Bachelorettes.
Bristowe’s fellow Dancing with the Stars winner, Hannah Brown, wrote, “Y’all will crush it.”
Fletcher also joined in the celebration, writing “Go girls!!” Bristowe echoed her sentiment, writing “go to you too girl!!!” It was announced today that Fletcher and fiance Jordan Rodgers would be hosting a new dating competition, TBS’ The Big D.
Emily Maynard wrote, “So beyond excited for you friend,” while Desiree Siegfried shared fire emojis along with “love!”
These former Bachelorettes were certainly not alone with their support, as other franchise stars such as Amanda Stanton, Mykenna Dorn and Elyse Dehlbom took to her comments to share in the congratulations.
Bristowe’s Dancing with the Stars family also showed up in her comment section with Alan Bersten writing “So happy for you!!!!!!!” and Chrishell Stause writing “Ahhhhhhhh!!!! I!!! AM!!! SOOOOO!!!! EXCITED!!!” Even Carrie Ann Inaba shared her congratulations.
Season 17 of The Bachelorette is set to begin production shortly and premiere this summer.