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'Bachelor' host Jesse Palmer marries Emely Fardo

Jesse Palmer confirmed he quietly married Emely Fardo in June 2020. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
1 of 3 | Jesse Palmer confirmed he quietly married Emely Fardo in June 2020. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 5 (UPI) -- New Bachelor host Jesse Palmer is a married man.

The 43-year-old television personality and former professional football player quietly married his girlfriend, Emely Fardo, in June 2020, People reported Monday.

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Palmer and Fardo originally planned to marry in Provence, France, but ended up holding their wedding at a friend's house in Connecticut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We were only able to invite a small group of close friends that live in the greater N.Y.C. area, and that were in quarantine at the time," the couple said in a statement. "We had a lovely afternoon and look forward to celebrating our love with our parents and immediate families all together soon!"

"Big or small, wedding party or not, we feel so grateful and lucky to have found each other!" they added.

Palmer also shared the news on Instagram. Bachelor alum Renée Maynard was among those to congratulate Palmer in the comments.

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"awwww congrats you guys!" Maynard wrote.

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Palmer starred in The Bachelor Season 5. Bachelor producers announced last week that Palmer will replace Chris Harrison as Bachelor host in Season 26. Harrison permanently exited the franchise in June.

"I'M SO EXCITED!!! Feeling so humbled and grateful for this incredible opportunity," Palmer said on Instagram. "Can't wait to get started!!!!"

Season 26 is expected to air in 2022.

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