Not everything always works out The bachelor, but even though lasting love can’t be guaranteed, drama is always a safe bet. Over the course of its nearly two-decade history, the show has given audiences numerous twists and turns.
A memorable season was the fifth, starring former NFL player and Canadian professional footballer Jesse Palmer. The show aired in 2004. Jesse was the first Canadian, the first professional athlete, and the youngest bachelor in the show’s history, as he was only 25 years old at the time.
What happened during Jesse’s season?
Fans knew Jesse’s season would be full of ups and downs when he said the name “Katie” at the very first rose ceremony, even though he really wanted to say “Karen.” Despite the rocky start, he continued to search for love among the 25 women vying for his hand.
In the end, it came down to 23-year-old Tara Huckeby, a general contractor from Oklahoma, or 22-year-old law student Jessica Bowlin from California. Ultimately, Jess chose Jessica. However, in a shocking twist, Jesse didn’t propose to Jessica! Instead of a ring, he offered her a plane ticket and asked her to come with him to New York after the show ended. Jessica took him along on the trip and the two set off towards their happily ever after.
The happiness didn’t last long for Jesse and Jessica. In fact, they had one of the shortest relationships in franchise history, managing to only stay together for a month after the show ended! Following their split, they released a joint statement about how their relationship had fallen apart, citing long-distance as a major factor. Jesse had to be in New York working as a backup quarterback for the New York Giants. Meanwhile, Jessica was eager to return to California to complete her law degree.
At the time, Jesse opened up about the breakup in a statement to ExtraShe said: “Jessica and I have had an incredible romantic journey on the show, which started with a friendship that is still going strong today. We just realized that our next steps take us in different directions individually.” Jessica also commented: “With too much distance and too little time, these were not ideal circumstances to start a relationship. Jesse is a great guy and has a wonderful family. Who knows what the future will bring?”
Where are Jesse and Jessica now?
While eternal love between Jesse and Jessica wasn’t in sight, the two eventually found their life partners. Jesse found love with model Emely Fardo, whom he married in Connecticut in 2020.
Since his season on the show, Jesse has continued to be in the spotlight. He pursued a career as a television host and worked as a college football analyst for ESPN and TSN in Canada. He has also worked on ABCs Good morning Americaand was a variety of reality shows like The application on ABC and Food Network Holiday Baking Championship.
Jesse returned to Bachelor Nation as host of both shows The bachelor And The BacheloretteHe replaces longtime host Chris Harrison after he left the show following backlash over his support for season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell after photos emerged of her attending an Antebellum South-themed party , and he has been the presenter since 2021.
In a statement about taking on the gig, Jesse said: “I’m honored to be returning to the show this season as host to offer the latest Bachelor advice first-hand, and I’m grateful to have a small role in his journey to play.” ” With Jesse now at the helm of the franchise, he is also hosting Bachelor in paradiseand most recently he is hosting The Golden Bachelor, It stars 72-year-old Gerry Turner, a widower looking for love again.
Jessica has now also found her partner. She married the vice president of a real estate company, Omar Rawi, in 2013. She received her law degree from Chapman University School of Law. She has practiced law since joining the California State Bar. She now lives away from the spotlight and focuses on her career and her two children, son Brady and daughter Parker. She lives with her family in Orange County, California.