Chris Harrison is stepping down after backlash.
After 19 years on the beloved show, The Bachelor's Chris Harrison has decided he will no longer serve as host. Unfortunately, controversy surrounds his departure.
Harrison first received criticism when he defended what has been described as a "racist past" of Rachael Kirkconnell. Harrison had been interviewing former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay when he did not comment or assert himself against Kirkconnell's racist behavior. Harrison ended up receiving incredible backlash after the interview in February of 2021.
The Bachelor is a well-known reality TV show that runs on ABC in which one "bachelor" eliminates candidates in succession as he searches for a future wife. The season culminates with a marriage proposal between who the bachelor chooses. Harrison was the host for 25 seasons, until now.
The negative reception ultimately resulted in Harrison pulling back as The Bachelor's host for the indefinite future, with Harrison apologizing to audiences. He went even further, once again sending out an apology to fans and audiences on Good Morning America. During his interview, he stated that he wanted to make the right changes after his previous choice.
It has been determined that actor and comedian David Spade, as well as multiple others, would serve as this summer's Bachelor in Paradise's guest hosts.
In the end, it seems fans of The Bachelor didn't want Harrison to return: Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment issued a statement on his departure, saying, "We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey."
Harrison is said to have received a settlement with these parent companies on his way out.
Harrison's exist coincides with The Bachelorette's 17th season premiere. Similar to The Bachelor, The Bachelorette features a woman attempting to seek out her husband by the season's end. It is hosted this year by Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
Harrison only had good things to think about regarding his future. He is thankful for his 19 years as host and the many memories and friendships he made on the show. He now looks to the future.
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