Not everyone is thrilled to usher in a new era of The Bachelorette—but one of the show's new hosts has no time for haters.
On Friday, March 12, it was revealed that Chris Harrison would step down from his role as host of The Bachelorette for at least the next season. In his place, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, both former leads on the franchise, will support the next Bachelorette looking for love.
The day the news was announced, Kaitlyn took to Instagram to celebrate her new job within the long-running dating franchise by posting a video of her and Tayshia dancing and drinking champagne. She captioned the video, "Let's go girls."
However, not everyone in the comments section was happy about the Dancing With the Stars alum's big news.
Many blamed her for "replacing" original host Chris, who stepped away from Bachelor Nation following comments he made defending Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after photos surfaced of her attending an antebellum-themed party in 2018. He later apologized for his comments, which he said "perpetuates racism."
Despite the naysayers, Kaitlyn wasn't going to let anyone rain on her and Tayshia's parade. In response to a person who wrote in the comments section, "Bachelor ratings are gonna be so low," Kaitlyn said, "Such a supportive female, we love to see it!" Another wrote, "Horrible to celebrate Chris Harrison being involved in Cancel Culture…. Bachelor Nation is over," to which she replied, "I'm celebrating a friendship here to be honest."
She even clarified a comment one person made about how "Chris is the only host for The Bachelor/Bachelorette," writing back, "Truthfully we are there to support the new bachelorette. We aren't 'replacing' anyone!!!"
Of Chris' exit, ABC News and Warner Horizon told E! News in a statement, "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."
Hopefully, Kaitlyn and Tayshia can bring a fresh perspective to the franchise as it moves towards these goals.