Fans hoping for Chris Harrison to return to The Bachelor had been doubtless involved when the longtime host employed lawyer Bryan J. Freedman amid the fallout from his controversial interview with Rachel Lindsay.
Harrison, 49, made headlines in February after he instructed Lindsay, 36, that viewers ought to have “compassion” and “grace” for Bachelor season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who was below hearth for her attending a celebration on a plantation in 2018 and different previous racially insensitive pictures.
(*5*) Harrison requested the season 13 Bachelorette on Extra on the time. “My guess? These girls got dressed up and went to a party and had a great time, they were 18 years old. Now, does that make it OK? I don’t know Rachel, you tell me. Were we all looking through [that lens] in 2018?”
Amid backlash from Bachelor Nation, Harrison apologized and introduced he wouldn’t be a part of Matt James’ After the Final Rose particular. After the finale aired in March, ABC introduced the Perfect Letter writer would sit out of Katie Thurston’s season 17 of The Bachelorette. He subsequently employed Freedman. Three months later — and after Us Weekly confirmed Harrison wouldn’t host Bachelor in Paradise season 7 — information broke that his go away of absence was set to develop into everlasting. After Deadline reported that Harrison will obtain an eight-figure payout from the community, a supply confirmed the small print of the story to Us.
Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment subsequently addressed the information of his exit, telling Us in an announcement: “Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise. We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”
Harrison, who obtained assist from a number of Bachelor Nation alums, broke his silence through Instagram.
“I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter,” he captioned a photograph from an After the Final Rose taping. “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”
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