Chris Harrison, the unique host of ABC’s The Bachelor and its spinoffs, is leaving the long-running franchise. His departure comes 4 months after he defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell in opposition to criticism over 2018 pictures displaying her at a fraternity formal with an Previous South plantation theme.
Harrison is “stepping apart as host of The Bachelor franchise. We’re grateful for his many contributions over the previous 20 years and need him all the perfect on his new journey,” Warner Horizon and ABC Leisure mentioned in a joint assertion Tuesday.
The producer and the community had no additional remark, together with on a alternative for Harrison. His publicist didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Harrison confronted backlash after he voiced assist for Kirkconnell throughout an “Additional” interview final February with Rachel Lindsay, who had been on The Bachelorette and was the primary Black star of the franchise that start in 2002.
In a subsequent on-line assertion, Harrison apologised for what he called a “mistake.” Whereas he had solely supposed to ask for “grace” and compassion for Kirkconnell so she might deal with the difficulty, Harrison mentioned, he realised he had brought on hurt by “talking in a fashion that perpetuates racism.”
He was on hiatus from the franchise earlier than his everlasting departure was confirmed. The present season of The Bachelorette is being hosted by former forged members Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.