"I was already a fan of Zach before we got going based on my time with him during [Rachel Recchia] and [Gabby Windey]'s season," Jesse said of The Bachelorette's nineteenth season on the January 4 episode of the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast.
Jesse told the podcast's co-hosts Becca Kufrin and Michelle Young of Zach, "I really think he shines. I really think he comes through."
"He has a beautiful story," the franchise host added, "and I'm really excited for people to see it."
ABC dubbed Zach "Mr. Right Reasons" and "ready" to get engaged in a recent promo clip for The Bachelor's upcoming 27th season, which premieres Monday, January 23 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
"Now that I've done this for a small amount of time, there's a lot of newness and freshness to Zach's season," Jesse shared of the show's 2023 edition.
"There's things I'm really excited for people at home, especially Bachelor fans, to see throughout all this."
Jesse also said he's just "really, really excited" for Zach.
"We've all been in that position before -- you've filmed it and you're waiting and there's this trepidation because you're not sure how everyone's going to take it," Jesse explained to the two former The Bachelorette leads.
"You're nervous, like, 'How is this thing going to be edited and how am I going to be portrayed on TV?'"
Jesse confirmed he "hasn't seen anything yet" of the show but he's "really hopeful" for Zach that everything is going to go according to plan and will be well-received by fans.
Based on a trailer of the new season that was released by ABC during Bachelor in Paradise's Season 8 reunion on November 22, The Bachelor's 27th edition promises to be dramatic and emotional.
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Former The Bachelor bachelorette Tahzjuan Hawkins apparently returns for another shot at love, prompting one bachelorette to complain in the preview, "We don't need another girl here."
And Zach admits he feels like "a failure," before crying about one woman, "I saw something with her."
Jesse told Us Weekly of Zach's season last year, "It's really all about the love story and romance and a little bit less about the drama, I think."
"The women are really into Zach," Jesse told the magazine. "Zach's so emotionally mature and he's a guy that's not afraid to wear his emotion on his sleeve. He's very, very intentional. This is easily the most emotional show that I've hosted in the franchise."
The official cast of The Bachelor's 27th season will be announced Wednesday night on January 4 in a TikTok video.
Zach recently told BachelorNation.com that he wants to find a "really compassionate" woman who's "kind to everyone."
"I think a lot of people can be really self-involved. So how you treat people on a day-to-day basis is really important to me," Zach said. "I just want someone who is a really kind, compassionate person."
He also said that going into filming, he was "most nervous" about meeting a woman who was on the show for the wrong reasons.
"I'm most nervous about the fact that there could be people that are on this journey and a part of this experience that don't take it seriously and don't want to actually find love," Zach shared. "I want to find someone who truly wants a future with me, so that's what scares me the most."
Zach fell hard and fast for Rachel on The Bachelorette's nineteenth season.
He said he had pictured the flight instructor as "the future Mrs. Shallcross" and gushed to the cameras about how he was madly in love with her.
But Zach was thrown for a loop in his Fantasy Suite with Rachel, who allegedly became guarded and skeptical of whether Zach was ready to get engaged given his age. (He was 25 at the time he taped The Bachelorette, but Rachel is only four months older).
Feeling shocked and brokenhearted, Zach said his relationship with Rachel had done "a 180" and she was "inauthentic" and totally unlike herself in the Fantasy Suite.
Once Zach confronted Rachel about their awkward date and how it was clear he wasn't going to be her person, he self-eliminated at the Final 3 Rose Ceremony. He essentially beat Rachel to the punch before she could deny him a rose.
"One of the things I fell in love with was she made me feel, like, special. And I cared for her and I question if any of that was real or if that was just an act," Zach lamented in a confessional.
Zach apologized to Rachel on The Bachelorette finale for letting her feel like he had questioned her character.
Zach claimed that was never his intent, and Rachel also apologized for dragging Zach through an overnight date when clarity struck her only hours into it.
On The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose, Zach said he was "absolutely" prepared to give love another shot after Rachel crushed his heart.
Zach told Jesse that he spent time with his family after The Bachelorette, regrouped and centered himself.
"I really needed to take some time away and reflect and heal that broken heart, but really, what I learned from that experience was that I didn't change how ready I was," Zach explained.
"I am now more ready. That was almost fuel to the fire. I am ready to find my person and my best friend, and that breakup didn't deter it... I really want to walk away from this with someone for the rest of my life."