What Happened On Jesse Palmer's Season Of 'The Bachelor'? The New Host Did Not Find His Person

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What Happened On Jesse Palmer's Season Of 'The Bachelor'? The New Host Did Not Find His Person

The Bachelor is premiering its new host — Clayton Echard's Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, Jesse Palmer. Since the new host is eerily similar to Clayton (football, face, etc.), perhaps what happened on Jesse Palmer's season of The Bachelor could be an indicator of how Clayton's season will go down.

Jesse was the lead of Season 5 of The Bachelor in 2004. He was 25-years-old and at the time, he was the backup quarterback for the New York Giants. A Canadian, he was the first-ever non-American lead of the franchise. And just like his fellow hosts in the post-Chris Harrison era, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, he did not end up with the person he chose at the end of his Bachelor journey.

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Here are the highlights of Jesse Palmer's Bachelor season:

  • He had the inaugural First Impression Rose. According to Life & Style, before Jesse's season, the First Impression Rose wasn't a thing. As EW reported at the time, Jesse gave the "pointless" rose to Trish, a model who would become the villain of the season. Hey, it might be pointless on The Bachelor, but it matters on The Bachelorette!
  • He said the wrong name at the first rose ceremony. He accidentally said "Katie" for the final rose instead of "Karen." He had to call in Chris Harrison to figure out how to fix his mistake and extended the offer for Katie to keep her rose (she did) while giving Karen the true final rose of the night. Ahead of Clayton's season, he joked about the mix-up on Instagram.
  • He had a mole. The contestant Jenny Schillari was the wife of Jesse's college roommate (she also went to college with him) and was planted in the house to give him information on the other women. He sent her home in Week 3, but not before he kissed his friend's wife as part of the ruse.
  • He had a "stalker." The promos at the time tried to tease that one of the contestants would turn into a stalker after she was eliminated. As EW reported, that was a bit of an exaggeration. According to Elite Daily, when he sent villain/First Impression Rose receiver Trish home, she came back in the next episode to see if he had changed his mind. He didn't and she went home... so not exactly "stalking" material.
  • His runner-up was late to the final rose ceremony. Traditionally, the winner arrives after the runner-up. But Reality TV World reported that an anxious Tara Huckeby had asked her limo driver to pull over so she could vomit. That meant Jesse had already chosen Jessica Bowlin when Tara arrived. He broke up with Tara ("Tara, I’ve fallen in love with someone else") while Jessica watched from a window above.
  • He didn't propose. Despite Jesse's dad telling him to pick Tara, he followed his gut and chose Jessica. But rather than a ring, he offered the California law student a one-way ticket to New York to move near him and keep dating. "I am not ready to propose to you tonight. I think that we need more time to grow and learn about each other," Jesse said. And Jessica accepted.
  • He and Jessica broke up weeks later. Jesse's "After the Final Rose" aired on May 26, 2004, and on June 17, the couple had announced their breakup via Extra. As People reported, Jesse said in a statement, "Jessica and I shared an incredible romantic journey on the show that began with a friendship that remains strong today. We simply realized that, individually, our next steps take us in different directions." Jessica returned to California to continue getting her law degree while Jesse stayed in New York.
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Since The Bachelor and the end of his NFL career, Jesse has continued being on TV as a sports commentator, host of Food Network competition shows, and other programs. In a not-publicized ceremony, he married his wife Emely Fardo in June 2020, so he's found his "person" now. But if his Bachelor journey is any indication for Clayton, lasting love might not be in the air.

Images: John Fleenor/ABC, ABC

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