Former NFL pro Jesse Palmer says hosting The Bachelor franchise is like playing quarterback.
“You’re just trying to avoid the drama at all times,” the ex-Giant told the Post. “It’s like trying not to get fired.”
Instead of watching his former team’s season opener, Palmer, 43, will travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to film the two-part season 19 finale of “Bachelorette” live, which will air September 13-20 on ABC .
The Canadian native was hired as the franchise’s host in 2021 after Chris Harrison, who has helmed “The Bachelor” since it premiered in 2002, controversially resigned after defending a “Bachelor” contestant who was in college party on the theme of the antebellum.
In 2004, when Palmer became the first professional athlete to appear as “The Bachelor,” which was still a new TV concept, he let his fellow players do the play-by-play.
“As you can imagine, we had a lot of fun with it,” said Palmer, who also works as a college football analyst for ESPN.
The popular franchise keeps bringing back football players as leading men and contestants, and he understands why.
“I think football players have a lot of personality. I think they’re comfortable in their own skin,” he said.
And like Bachelor Mansion, an NFL locker room can be a powder keg of emotion.
“You can’t imagine how much drama there is,” he said.
Though he didn’t find lasting love on national television, he found her in Manhattan over a decade later — when he married Brazilian model Emely Fardo in 2020. He first saw her at a boxing class at Rumble on West 23rd Street in Chelsea.
“I tried to talk to her the day I met her, but I missed my chance and then she liked a photo of me on social media … and then technically I took the first step.” made and sent her a direct message,” he said. “But she didn’t answer me for ten days; She played me slow.”
The couple, who just moved to Miami Beach with their Australian doodle Mademoseille Loulou Palmer, “would love to have kids” and have spoken about “possibly getting another dog.”
When asked if he would like his kids to be in the dating franchise or play football, Palmer said, “I’d have to ask the boss. I’m super open to everything. I’d be down for both, but I don’t know what the boss would say.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/10/ex-qb-jesse-palmer-starring-host-of-the-bachelor-franchise/ Ex-QB Jesse Palmer with host of The Bachelor franchise