BACHELORETTE alum Tanner Tolbert slammed the show’s “trainwreck” new host decisions and further warned the show is on a “slippery slope.”
On Wednesday, it was revealed that Lance Bass and Lil Jon would be part of the rotating list of hosts for Bachelor In Paradise, after Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe took over The Bachelorette.
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After Bachelor In Paradise announced that Lance, Lil Jon, David Spade, and Tituss Burgess would be rotating celebrity hosts, Tanner criticized the decision on social media.
Tanner, who appeared on Kaitlyn’s season of the Bachelorette and got engaged to Jade Roper during BIP, tweeted: “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 the relationships and drama… Not to see this ‘host’ circus. It takes away from the purpose of the show in my opinion.”
He then shared his tweet on Instagram stories and wrote: “I know my opinion doesn’t really matter but this s**t’s turning into a circus.”
The 34-year-old continued in his Instagram stories: “Alright so, I’m just say it – I think the Bachelor franchise needs to figure this s**t out and figure it out quick because I think the show is in a slippery slope right now and I, as a fan of the show, first and foremost, I want to see it keep going but I think all this host drama is starting to get ridiculous.
“I saw what Bachelor In Paradise announced today with their celebrity host situation going on for the summer and I just watched episode one of Katie [Thurston]’s season last night.
“The host doesn’t need to be the star of the show – it’s as simple as that. The host is the host. The host needs to be the backbone of the show and needs to fill a role. I don’t need to see commentary on every little thing and not everything be a joke.
“[…] I don’t tune in to watch David Spade hand out date cards. He was great in Tommy Boy, don’t get me wrong, but I want to watch Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor In Paradise for the drama, for the relationships and see that unfold. I don’t care about this preplanned BS.
“And this rant isn’t even about Chris Harrison and it isn’t about Kaitlyn or Tayshia. I thought they brought great energy and have great hosting abilities. This isn’t about if we want Wells to host, this isn’t about David Spade or Lil Jon, all those people could be great hosts, but the host needs to be just that.
“I don’t tune in to watch the side circus, 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 to unfold from there.
“The show used to do a good job of letting drama unfold in real time and then getting storyline from that. Now I feel like they are trying to force the show down a set of tracks of what they think is good TV and it’s coming off wrong.”
Tanner continued to say that he “loved the show” and it held a special place in his part because that’s where he met his wife, Jade.
“If you look back at some of the best episodes of the show, Chris Harrison was barely even in some of those. He provided a role and he filled it well,” he continued.
“We don’t need to make the host such a big thing, I don’t want to see the host laughing at every guy who came out of the limo and I don’t need to see David Spade walking down the Paradise beach trying to be something funny, I just want to see the contestants, and those relationships, and yeah.
“If the producers can make good drama out of thin air, then yeah, I want to see that too. I hope the show succeeds, I hope it gets better because right now, it’s just a trainwreck.”
He proceeded to repeat himself by saying he wasn’t attacking anyone who had been named as a host for the new seasons and that he just wanted producers to fix the mess.
Before ending his rant, he added: “We don’t need to have every season people coming back to give advice, that’s boring. Even when I’ve done it, I thought it was boring.
“It’s cool to see former contestants but that’s what social media is for, we can follow them there. We don’t need to always have people come back and say the same rhetoric over and over again.”
Aside from Lance, Tituss, Lil Jon, and David, Sarah Hyland and her fiance Wells Adams will also be joining the franchise as rotating hosts, The Sun previously revealed.
“With the rotating style they’re doing, they were both a natural fit since they are already loved by fans.
“Wells is a Paradise vet too and will be a great host since he knows how the process works,” the source added.
The actress first began dating the California native in 2017.
As their involvement in the show was revealed, it was also reported that Chris would not be coming back to Bachelor In Paradise – or any other show of the franchise at this point.
Instead, David was chosen to replace Chris because he’s a superfan.
He has built a cult following among fellow fans due to his hilarious commentary about the show, which he often shares on his Instagram account.
The insider explained that David is a perfect fit to fill the role, stating: “The producers want to put some fun in the show. They think it’s become too serious.”
The new season of Bachelor in Paradise will begin airing on ABC on August 16.
Meanwhile, Tayshia and Kaitlyn stepped in as hosts for the upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette starring Katie Thurston.
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On Tuesday, Chris confirmed he was calling it quits with Bachelor Nation as he revealed on social media: “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.
“I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together.
“While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”