Chris Harrison Announce: He will Leave ‘Bachelor’ franchise

ABC isn’t going to give Chris Harrison a rose.In a joint statement to CNN on Tuesday, the show’s producer and distributor Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment revealed that the longstanding “Bachelor” franchise presenter is leaving the series.

The statement read, “Chris Harrison is stepping down as host of The Bachelor franchise.”We appreciate his numerous efforts over the last 20 years and wish him well on his new adventure.

Harrison’s representatives have been contacted for comment by CNN.Following inflammatory remarks made while being interviewed by Rachel Lindsay, a current Extra host and former star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette,” Harrison said in February that he was “standing aside” from the show.

He defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a “Bachelor” contestant who was allegedly pictured in 2018 at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal.Harrison apologized to viewers on his verified social media after the issue and told “Good Morning America,” “I am not a victim here.”I made a mistake, and I accept responsibility for it, Harrison said, adding, “I plan to be back and I want to be back” on the show that made him famous.

The announcement comes just one day after Season 17 of “The Bachelorette” debuted without him as the host.

Since 2002, Harrison has hosted “The Bachelor” and its several spinoffs.

Chris Harrison’s departure from the ‘Bachelor’ franchise surprised Rachel Lindsay

Rachel Lindsay is said to be startled that Chris Harrison is no longer in “Bachelor” country, despite the fact that it was her interview that started it all.”I wasn’t expecting that to happen, not after the announcement,” Lindsay told her “Extra” colleague Billy Bush on Tuesday’s broadcast, according to People.

I believe that some previous participants have come forward to claim that they did not want him to be a part of Paradise. Katie Thurston [the current Bachelorette] said in her final tweet before going to tape her season that Chris needs to take a step back “Lindsay said. “I believe that, together with the interview that took place on this stage, contributed to his decision not to return.

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In a joint statement to CNN on Tuesday, the show’s producer and distributor Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment confirmed that the longstanding “Bachelor” franchise host was quitting the program, which he had hosted since 2002.

The statement read, “Chris Harrison is stepping down as host of The Bachelor franchise.”We appreciate his numerous efforts over the last 20 years and wish him well on his new adventure.After being interviewed by Lindsay, a current “Extra” host and former star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette,” Harrison said in February that he was “standing aside.”

He defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a “Bachelor” contestant who was allegedly pictured in 2018 at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal.

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Those racially inappropriate remarks sparked outrage, and Harrison later apologized.”I’ve had a genuinely wonderful stint as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m delighted to start a new chapter,” he wrote in the caption on his verified Instagram account on Tuesday.

Chris Harrison wrote, “I’m very grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve had.” “Although my two-decade odyssey is coming to an end, the friendships I’ve formed will endure a lifetime.”

 

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