On ABC's decision to have Jesse hostThe Bachelorette this year, Tayshia toldUs Weekly, "Kaitlyn and I both had a phone call weeks prior saying that they were going to go forward with Jesse so it wasn't really a surprise."
The 31-year-old Season 16 The Bachelorette star added that she's "very happy for him."
"I feel like he's been so sweet and kind to me, so I wish everybody that takes that position the very best and I'm excited to see the new season," Tayshia said.
Tayshia's statement backs a source's recent claim that Tayshia and Kaitlyn, who starred on Season 11 of The Bachelorette, were not blindsided by Jesse's casting and had been informed about the hosting switch up "prior to the announcement" on March 15.
The source had told Us that the ladies were a "part of the conversation" with producers behind the scenes.
Tayshia and Kaitlyn may be out for now, but Tayshia recently hinted her time on The Bachelor franchise is not over when she called her break from co-hosting just "a pause."
"I have to say, at least, that time really served me. It's taken up a lot of 'me time' for the last four years," Tayshia reportedly explained on Thursday's episode of The Drew Barrymore Show. "I'm ready to just do the next thing."
The Us source also said how "the doors aren't closed for good" in terms of Kaitlyn and Tayshia participating in the franchise in the future, adding, "Never say never."
Tayshia continues to have a "cordial" relationship with ABC, according to the source, and "the bridge is not burned" regarding her future involvement in the franchise.
"She's been exploring a lot of different avenues and meeting with different people in the industry," the insider noted. "She's looking to continue expanding her career outside of Bachelor Nation."
During an episode of her "Off the Vine" podcast earlier this month, Kaitlyn similarly suggested that she's looking forward to some time off from The Bachelorette as well, even though she's "sad" about not being a part of Rachel and Gabby's search for love on the ABC reality series this year.
But Kaitlyn, who won Season 29 Dancing with the Stars, has reportedly been bothered by the fact she and Tayshia had been listed as a "special guest" in the credits when they co-hosted The Bachelorette while Jesse was listed as "host" of The Bachelor.
"The only resentment that seems to come out of it is their titles and contracts," the source explained, alleging that it "all comes down to pay" and the ladies received "less pay" because of their less-significant titles.
Kaitlyn and Tayshia's Instagram bios previously mentioned how they co-host The Bachelorette, but that job description has been deleted on both of their accounts.
And Jesse's own Instagram bio now reads, "Host of @bachelorabc Season 26 and @bacheloretteabc Season 19."
"With every ending, comes a new beginning," Jesse wrote Wednesday, March 16 on Instagram.
"So excited for @gabby.windey and @pilot.rachel our new BACHELORETTES!!! Both are STRONG, SMART, AMAZING and equally DESERVING!!! Can't wait to join them on their journey to find LOVE!!!"
Kaitlyn admitted in December 2021 how she and Tayshia never initially expected to co-host even more than one season of The Bachelorette after Chris left the show due to his early 2021 racism controversy involving Rachael Kirkconnell and Rachel Lindsay.
ABC and Chris publicly announced in June 2021 that Chris' voluntary leave of absence from The Bachelor franchise -- which began in February of that year -- would become a permanent one and he will not be returning as host for any future seasons.
"We never really thought that would be our position. I mean, we never really thought we'd still be here for a second season hosting," Kaitlyn noted at the time.