Chris Harrison has exited The Bachelor after 19 years, reportedly receiving a “mid-range eight-figure payoff and promise to keep his mouth shut”
After 19 years serving because the host of The Bachelor and several other spin-offs, Chris Harrison is formally exiting the franchise, in keeping with Deadline. After becoming a member of because the host all the way in which again in 2002, it appears Harrison will “receive a rose of his own in the form of mid-range eight-figure payoff and promise to keep his mouth shut,” with Deadline reporting that the information will probably be confirmed later right this moment.
Harrison’s exit has seemingly been within the works for a number of months, after photographs surfaced in February of Rachael Kirkconnell — then a contestant on The Bachelor‘s 25th season — attending an “Old South slave plantation-themed” college formal in 2018. Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay interviewed Harrison on Extra shortly after the photos were made public, and he didn’t precisely condemn her actions, asking for “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” and questioning whether or not her actions weren’t “okay” in 2018.
“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,” he informed Lindsay in a virtually 14-minute cringefest in regards to the woes of “the woke police.”
Fans have been understandably indignant with Harrison’s take, requesting that he be fired from the franchise. Harrison did apologize on Instagram for “speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism,” (as did Kirkconnell) in addition to on Good Morning America, telling host Michael Strahan, “There is not [a difference between 2018 and 2021]. Antebellum parties are not okay, past, present, future. Knowing what that represents is unacceptable. 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 .. I’m sorry to Rachel Lindsay, and I’m sorry to the Black community.”
Harrison took a brief hiatus from the sequence, which has lengthy been criticized for its widespread lack of variety and a number of reported allegations of behind-the-scenes racism. Here’s hoping that Harrison’s exit would be the begin of many mandatory modifications to the franchise — they’re lengthy overdue, and the franchise’s workers, contestants, and longtime followers deserve higher going ahead.