FILE PHOTO: Host Chris Harrison is interviewed on the pink carpet of Boardwalk Corridor earlier than the 96th Miss America Pageant in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey, U.S. September 11, 2016. Image taken September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
June 9, 2021
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -The host of tv’s widespread “Bachelor” courting present franchise is leaving after nearly 20 years, ABC Leisure stated 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, is not going to be returning after briefly stepping apart in February, ABC and manufacturing firm Warner Horizon stated 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 one of the best on his new journey,” the businesses stated in a press release.
Harrison stated in an Instagram submit that he had loved “a really unimaginable 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 received in March when she was paired up with Matt James, the first-ever Black male lead.
Pictures of Kirkconnell attending an antebellum-themed fraternity occasion in 2018, and sporting 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 few lack of range on the Bachelor franchise and got here at a time of a wider reckoning in the US 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 forged as the primary Black “Bachelorette.”
Each Harrison and Kirkconnell later apologized for his or her feedback and actions, and Harrison stated he was stepping apart briefly as host.
Tuesday’s assertion didn’t say who would change Harrison as host of the franchise.
“The Bachelor” and its spin-off reveals are among the many most -watched and mentioned reveals on ABC, with a fan following generally known as Bachelor Nation.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Enhancing by Cynthia Osterman)