Chris came under fire during Matt James' The Bachelor season after he defended Season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's racially-ignorant and racially-insensitive actions in the last several years during a controversial interview he had with Extra'sRachel Lindsay, who starred as the first Black Bachelorette.
Tayshia, who is biracial, explained on the podcast, "I think that people are looking for change in the franchise."
"And I really think that this is something that they're going to be really excited about," she added.
Given Chris hosted The Bachelor franchise since Season 1 premiered nearly 20 years ago, Tayshia admitted she was shocked when ABC approached her to co-host The Bachelorette's seventeenth season, which taped at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
Tayshia, however, noted Chris is "actually a dear friend," and Chris previously revealed on Good Morning America he hopes -- and plans -- to return to his hosting job at some point.
"The way that it's been presented on the set is that Tayshia and Kaitlyn are not replacing Chris. They aren't even referred to as hosts. It was made perfectly clear by the producers that they are not replacing him. They were brought in at the last moment," a source told Us.
"Their role is more experienced girlfriends to Katie and experienced contestants to the guys. They act professional, they're on time and are helping the franchise as much as they can in this funky situation."