When Chris Harrison introduced he’d be “stepping aside” from the Bachelor franchise on February 13, nearly all of The Bachelor season 25 had already been filmed — together with the Women Tell All episode.
“I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before,” the host, 49, stated in his assertion through Instagram. “I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day.”
So, is lacking one episode — he is not going to host the upcoming After the Final Rose particular — sufficient?
“There have been conversations about somehow cutting Chris Harrison out from some of the prerecorded episodes or at least some of the portions,” a supply tells Us Weekly completely. “If not, they may add a disclaimer at the top of the remaining episodes.”
Usually, when The Bachelor wraps, a brand new season of The Bachelorette begins filming. However, “there have been conversations about pushing the Bachelorette back,” the insider provides, as a way to give Harrison extra time away.
The Perfect Letter writer, who has hosted each season of the franchise since its 2002 debut, got here below hearth for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after she posted and “liked” a slew of racially insensitive Instagram photographs. (She later apologized for her posts.)
During a February 9 Extra interview, Harrison informed Rachel Lindsay that Bachelor Nation must have “compassion” for Kirkconnell, 24, who was proven in photographs at an Old South get together three years in the past.
“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. Where is this lens were holding up and was that lens available and were we all looking through it in 2018? I don’t know,” he stated to the previous Bachelorette, who informed him it’s “not a good look” both means. He then responded, “Is it [not] a good look in 2018 or is it not a good look in 2021? … I’m not defending Rachael, I just know that 50 million people did that in 2018.”
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The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.