Chris Harrison wrongly claimed final week that he could be returning to the present
Chris Harrison is not going to be returning as host for the subsequent season of The Bachelorette, Variety reported. While his future stays up within the air, he shall be changed as host for the upcoming season’s present starring Katie Thurston, who competed in Matt James’ present season of The Bachelor. Taking over as twin hosts are former bachelorettes, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette. We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing,” in line with a joint assertion from ABC Entertainment and Warner Horizon. Harrison shall be briefly changed by alums Adams and Bristowe.
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) March 13, 2021
Harrison’s ongoing controversy took a pointy tun after he sat down for an interview on Extra with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, utilizing phrases like “the woke police” and telling folks they need to have “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” about former contestant Rachel Kirkconnell. Kirkconnell — who had already apologized — had photographs from 2018 resurface from a dressing up occasion at an “Old South” antebellum plantation-themed affair. Harrison stated the photographs weren’t offensive after they have been taken in 2018.
Um, they have been.
“In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season,” the assertion continued. “As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks. These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”
Future Bachelorette star Thurston responded to the information on social media, saying partly, “I hope that Chris Harrison continues to take more time to step away while sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work. We can all grow and do better with time, and I hope he does.”
I stand with different alumni who’ve expressed that studying & progress require time. I hope that Chris Harrison continues to take extra time to step away whereas sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work. We can all develop and do higher with time, and I hope he does.
— Katie Thurston (@Ventwithkatie) March 12, 2021
The information comes after Harrison himself went on Good Morning America to apologize once more for all of the present’s racist historical past and to announce that in spite of everything of this, he’s nonetheless gonna hold internet hosting The Bachelor. “I plan to be back and I want to be back,” Harrison stated on the present. He additionally apologized two different occasions on social media, saying partly, “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.”
EXCLUSIVE: “It was a mistake.” #TheBachelor host Chris Harrison apologizes for defending frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell’s previous racist social media posts, telling @michaelstrahan he’s an “imperfect man” who’s “committed to progress.” https://t.co/OfPBBzGd9s pic.twitter.com/0EgbKV99DV
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 4, 2021
Apparently the community didn’t agree with Harrison. Adams and Bristowe are at the moment quarantined on-site with the contestants for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. Neither shall be known as “host” or “co-host,” Variety reported, which leaves the door open for Harrison, or hopefully a brand-new host, to step in.