Bachelor host Chris Harrison hired a high profile Los Angeles attorney to stand up for him amid his racism controversy and his temporary resignation as host of the ABC franchise.
A source close to Harrison, 49, confirms to Us Weekly that he hired Bryan J. Freedman of Freedman & Taitelman. He’s the same lawyer who represented Gabrielle Union after being fired from America’s Got Talent after a season.
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Several outlets reported at the time Union was released by NBC in November 2019 after discussing problematic, racist incidents on the set. In June 2020, she filed an official harassment complaint against producers on the show for her treatment. Union and NBC announced in September that they had “found a friendly solution” to the case.
It’s unclear what legal action Harrison is planning, but he’s been replaced at hosting the upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette after announcing last month that he would be temporarily stepping down from The Bachelor amid a candidate scandal Rachael Kirkconnell.
Harrison sparked controversy when he defended Kirkconnell on allegations of previous racist actions. Conduct an interview with a former bachelorette Rachel Lindsay For Extra on February 9, Harrison said fans should give Kirkconnell “a little grace, a little understanding.”
Days later, he wrote an apology that he was “ashamed of how ignorant I was”. On February 13, Harrison announced that he would be stepping down as host of the special “The Bachelor’s After the Final Rose”.
Emmanuel I think came in to lead the special and spoke to both who was in charge of the season. Matt Jamesand Kirkconnell on their previous actions, which included “liking” racially insensitive posts and attending a 2018 antebellum party on a former plantation.
While Harrison didn’t say how long he would be absent from the franchise he’s been running since 2002, ABC announced earlier this month Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams are cohosting the next season of The Bachelorette when it debuts with later this year Katie Thurston and Michelle Young like the leads on back-to-back seasons. It has not been announced when Harrison will return to the ABC hit.
James, the franchise’s first Black Bachelor, shared his thoughts on Harrison during an interview on The Bill Simmons podcast on Friday March 19 and said he was “sad” about what the star was doing during his controversy I said interviews with Lindsay last month.
“I had so many conversations [with him] about how I felt, what I was going through in this crazy process that I was in and it’s hard to imagine that he could really sympathize with what I was feeling, ”James said.
He revealed that Harrison personally apologized to him amid the scandal and that he supported the Texas Native’s commitment to change. “Chris stated in his statement that he was committed to doing the job. He takes a step back so I respect that. I hope he does, ”James said. “I don’t think anyone should try to cancel it. We should call him to do the job he sketched out that he wants to do. I look forward to seeing him do that. “
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