What Connor Saeli Really Thinks Of The New Bachelor Franchise Hosts - Exclusive

Not every contestant on "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" strikes a connection with audiences both in the United States and abroad, but sometimes, if they have the right charisma and charm, and, yes, looks, they can swoon people over. Enter Connor Saeli, a Season 15 contestant on "The Bachelorette" who later went on to star on "Bachelor in Paradise" as well. This star rather immediately struck a chord with viewers, likely leading to his return in the franchise's tropical spinoff series, and he's since been paving a way for himself in the influencer sphere.

In his latest endeavor, Saeli created a company focused on curing hangovers with hydration with his friend and business partner Mike Xhaho. Called Waterboy, the line of powder hydration packs comes in multiple flavors, including lemon lime, strawberry lemonade, and lemon ginger. However, Saeli hasn't forgotten his roots and what gave him his platform. He recently spoke with us at The List not only about his new brand, but also about "The Bachelor," including his thoughts on the franchise's new hosts. 

Connor thinks someone from the franchise should host the show

"The Bachelor" franchise has been struggling in the host department due to former host Chris Harrison parting ways with the franchise in 2021 following racial controversy (via Deadline). Since his departure, "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" have had temporary guest hosts, but no one has taken the role full-time since Harrison's exit. Luckily, we got an inside perspective when we chatted with Connor Saeli.

After admitting that he hadn't seen much of the recent seasons in the franchise, Saeli told us, "I will say, I do think just from watching the last two episodes, I do think Jesse [Palmer's] a pretty good host. I feel like he has a good presence and everything." He continued, "Yes. I just feel like he's got a good hosting voice ... I feel like if he is the permanent host, I think he will do a pretty good job."

Saeli confirmed that he missed Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams hosting, so he couldn't speak to their abilities. "I know some people liked them, some people didn't, but I do like Jesse," he said. Furthermore, he proposed an interesting question. "So do you think maybe there's more value in having the host be someone like a Sean Lowe or someone who it actually worked out for them?" Lowe married Catherine Giudici eight years ago, and they're still together, so this makes perfect sense. Giudici, now Catherine Lowe, told The List that her husband doesn't watch the franchise anymore, however 

So, who do you think should be the permanent host in "The Bachelor" franchise, and do you agree it should be someone who succeeded on one of the shows?

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