Fans hope for Chris Harrison returning to The Bachelor were likely concerned when the longtime host hired a lawyer Bryan J. Freedman amid the aftermath of his controversial interview with Rachel Lindsay.
Harrison, 49, made headlines in February after telling Lindsay, 36, viewers should have “compassion” and “grace” for the season 25 bachelor’s candidate Rachael Kirkconnell, who came under fire for attending a party on a plantation in 2018 and other race-insensitive photos of the past.
“Is it [not] looking good in 2018 or not looking good in 2021? ”Harrison asked the Season 13 Bachelorette on Extra at the time. “My guess? These girls dressed up and went to a party and had a great time, they were 18 years old. Is that OK? I don’t know Rachel, you tell me. We all looked through it [that lens] in 2018? “
Amid the backlash from Bachelor Nation, Harrison apologized and announced that he was not part of. would be Matt James‘After the Final Rose special. After the finale aired in March, ABC announced that the Perfect Letter writer would be on hold Katie ThurstonSeason 17 of The Bachelorette. He then hired Freedman. Three months later – and after Us Weekly confirmed Harrison would not host season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise – it was announced that his leave of absence was going to be permanent. After Deadline reported that Harrison would receive an eight-digit payout from the network, a source confirmed the details of the story.
Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment then responded to news of his exit, telling us in a statement: “Chris Harrison is stepping aside as hosting the undergraduate franchise. We are grateful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new path. “
Harrison, who was backed by several Bachelor Nation alums, broke his silence via Instagram.
“I had a really incredible run as host of the Bachelor franchise and now I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter,” he captioned a photo from a recording of After the Final Rose. “I am so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we made together. As my two decades long journey comes to an end, the friendships I have made will last a lifetime. “
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