Chris Harrison’s impermanent exit from The Bachelor is going to get perpetual. Following 19 years with the ABC establishment, he is supposedly leaving following his bigotry contention recently.
After very nearly 19 years of facilitating The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, the 49-year-old star is set to formally leave the establishment, Deadline reports. As per the power source, Harrison will purportedly get an eight-figure settlement in return for not speaking out about his departure.
The news comes four months after he briefly moved to one side from the arrangement following his protection of Rachael Kirkconnell. Kirkconnell—who captured Matt James’ last rose—confronted debate during her season after 2018 photographs surfaced of her going to a manor themed party.
“The woke police is out there,” he said during an interview with Rachel Lindsay. “And this poor girl Rachael, who has just been thrown to the lions, I don’t know how you are equipped when you have never done this before, to be woke enough, to be eloquent enough, to be ready to handle this.”
As kickback poured in, Harrison took to online media to apologize for “wrongly talking in a way that sustains bigotry.”
“To my Bachelor Nation family—I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” he wrote. “I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics which I should have been better informed.”
Harrison recently alluded to a re-visitation of the establishment during an appearance on Good Morning America in March, where he gave a statement of regret to Lindsay, the establishment’s first Black lead, and the Black people group. (Lindsay, 36, has stayed frank in her analysis of the establishment and has since left her gig as co-host of the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast.)
“There is not [a difference between 2018 and 2021]. Antebellum parties are not okay, past, present, future. Knowing what that represents is unacceptable,” Harrison said on GMA. “I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay. I didn’t speak for my heart, that is to say I stand against all forms of racism.”
Still, “I plan to be back and I want to be back,” he said at the time, adding that he was “committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise.”
Following his temporary takeoff, Emmanuel Acho stepped in to host the After the Final Rose special in March. What’s more, as Katie Thurston’s Bachelorette venture starts, she’ll have alums Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe close by as coaches. Come this present summer’s Bachelor in Paradise, a pivoting cast of visitor has, including David Spade will fill in.