The host of tv`s fashionable ‘Bachelor’ courting present franchise is leaving after nearly 20 years, ABC Leisure mentioned on Tuesday, following a furor over racially insensitive remarks.
Chris Harrison, who has hosted ABC`s ‘The Bachelor’ and spinoffs together with ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ since 2002, won’t be returning after quickly stepping apart in February, ABC and manufacturing firm Warner Horizon mentioned in a joint assertion.
“Chris Harrison is stepping apart as host of `The Bachelor` franchise. We’re grateful for his many contributions over the previous 20 years and want him all the perfect on his new journey,” the businesses mentioned in an announcement.
Harrison mentioned in an Instagram publish that he had loved “a really unbelievable run” as host.
“Whereas my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will final a lifetime,” he added.
Harrison`s future with the franchise has been in limbo since February when he sparked controversy for feedback he made defending ‘The Bachelor’ contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who gained in March when she was paired up with Matt James, the first-ever Black male lead.
Photos of Kirkconnell attending an antebellum-themed fraternity occasion in 2018, and carrying Native American apparel whereas she was a university scholar, surfaced on social media whereas the present was airing.
Harrison`s feedback fueled a long-running debate a couple of lack of range on the Bachelor franchise and got here at a time of a wider reckoning in the USA following mass protests in 2020 over the deaths of unarmed Black women and men whereas in police custody.
Regardless of launching in 2002, the franchise didn’t have a Black individual as a lead contestant till 2017, when Rachel Lindsay was solid as the primary Black ‘Bachelorette.’
Each Harrison and Kirkconnell later apologized for his or her feedback and actions, and Harrison mentioned he was stepping apart quickly as host.
Tuesday`s assertion didn’t say who would change Harrison as host of the franchise.
‘The Bachelor’ and its spin-off exhibits are among the many most -watched and mentioned exhibits on ABC, with a fan following generally known as Bachelor Nation.