Who is Jesse Palmer? 'The Bachelor' franchise introduces its new host

Jesse Palmer, 'Bachelor' host and former NFL player, is our new Chris Harrison

Jesse Palmer, Bachelor host
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Jesse Palmer, Bachelor host as of 2022, has officially made his debut!

Though it might be Clayton Echard's turn to hand out roses, the new face of the franchise is the one who is getting all of the attention. 

In the wake of Chris Harrison's departure, the reality TV phenomenon sought a new mainstay and found one in a The Bachelor alum from the early 2000s. Now that season 26 is underway—and plenty of drama ensues—let's take the time to get to know the one who will guide contestants in their search for love. 



Who is Jesse Palmer? 'Bachelor' host and alum

If Palmer looks a little familiar to eagle-eyed fans, that's because he's no stranger to the reality series. In 2004, the then-25-year-old handed a rose off to Jessica Bowlin during his (first) time in the Bachelor spotlight. Although the relationship lasted just several months, he credits the series for building their strong friendship. 

Is Jesse Palmer married?

Palmer and his wife, model Emely Fardo, tied the knot in 2021 after getting engaged in 2019, according to People. Their initial plan was to wed in France, but the pandemic threw a monkey wrench in their French celebration. 

Palmer gives fans a behind-the-scenes look of their life together on Instagram, from holiday celebrations to doggie selfies and everything in between. 

Where is Jesse Palmer from?

Palmer stole hearts on The Bachelor, but his original claim to fame was on the football field. He not only played for the Canadian Football League, but also America's National Football League, repping the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. 

Plus, Palmer made history as the first professional athlete to nab a spot on The Bachelor. You can go ahead and call him a trendsetter!

What else does Jesse Palmer host?

Before returning to the reality TV franchise, viewers might've spotted Palmer on a few other programs. He provides commentary on ESPN during the network's college football coverage and he also hosted The Ultimate Surfer on ABC, home of The Bachelor. From 2015 to 2017, he appeared on Good Morning America as a special contributor before a stint on DailyMailTV. 

Perhaps Palmer's most surprising role yet, however, was as the host of the Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship. That's right, ladies and gents: the pro football star-turned Bachelor is quite the foodie.

"I never tried to pigeonhole myself," he revealed to Sports Business Journal in 2017. "I’ve been willing to take risks and try doing things like reality TV with The Bachelor or Food Network or Good Morning America. I’ve been willing to share my personality, and I’ve gotten a lot of really interesting opportunities because of it."

He's a jack of all trades, that's for sure. 

When is the Jesse Palmer 'Bachelor' season on?

Catch Palmer help a fellow NFL player, Echard, find his forever love during season 26 of The Bachelor, which is currently underway. You can catch the series on ABC on Monday nights at 8 pm Eastern/7pm Central or catch up the following day on Hulu. 

We look forward to seeing what awaits Palmer—and the contestants—next.

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.