The Season 17 premiere aired on June 7 practically 4 months after Harrison, its longtime host, was primarily canceled for defending former contestant and Season 25 “Bachelor” winner Rachael Kirkconnell’s racially insensitive conduct.
Former Bachelorettes and mentors Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams have been readily available to assist Thurston, a 30-year-old financial institution advertising supervisor from Lynnwood, Washington, within the season opener. The alums have been additionally described throughout Monday’s episode as “co-hosts.”
In a brand new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Thurston admits that she was reluctant to hitch the brand new season because it was deliberate amid the racism scandal, which noticed Harrison step again as host and the franchise as a complete coming below hearth for range points.
“I had my very own considerations,” Thurston advised the outlet of the controversy. “I wished my expertise to be true to myself and nice for the lads who have been becoming a member of me in addition to Bachelor Nation. And I feel that was actually considered and labored out. I expressed what I wished with my journey, and I feel I used to be listened to. As [viewers will see] with the primary episode, it feels completely different. I’ve an amazing group of men and I feel Bachelor Nation goes to be actually excited to look at that and see a change.”
Thurston goes on to name being the present’s lead a “as soon as in a lifetime alternative,” however reveals she did not settle for the provide instantly.
“You’re at all times going to query if it’s the appropriate resolution for you since you are opening your self as much as loads of consideration; consideration that you simply won’t need. It’s robust to be on this function,” she mentioned. “So after all it wasn’t an instantaneous sure for me. It was one thing I had to consider over time. I didn’t wish to dwell life with the remorse of not taking this opportunity to fall in love on this very distinctive approach, so I mentioned sure.”
With the intention to guarantee this season would welcome change to the collection, Thurston mentioned she requested the solid be various.
“I undoubtedly need range in my solid. And I need it to be a platform for these males to be heard,” she continued. “That’s what that is about — their tales, the love and rather less of what everybody else noticed earlier than.”
Thurston additionally hinted that she plans to tune in each Monday to look at her season, including that whereas she “cannot management” what producers select to placed on air, she’s assured “it was a really refreshing expertise.”
She additionally shared her hope that viewers stay affected person because the franchise tackles change.
“Change does not occur in a single day. That is what folks want to recollect: Change is occurring, it simply takes time. And the extra we proceed to voice our desires and desires for this complete factor, the extra that we’re listened to,” she concluded.
Harrison’s future at ABC stays up within the air. In early March, he gave his first TV interview because the scandal on “Good Morning America.” On the time, he voiced his remorse for defending Kirkconnell after photographs resurfaced of her attending an “Outdated South” themed get together at a plantation in 2018.
“I’m an imperfect man. I made a mistake and I personal that. I consider that mistake does not replicate who I’m or what I stand for. I’m dedicated to the progress, not only for myself, additionally for the franchise,” Harrison mentioned.
He went on to say he was working with a “race educator and strategist” in addition to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. He additionally voiced his plans to return to “The Bachelor” however was changed by Emmanuel Acho a bit over every week later.