Chris Harrison has spoken out to confirm his final departure from ‘The Bachelor’ franchise. The long-time presenter was part of Bachelor Nation for 20 years before he was forced to leave earlier this year.
Speaking to fans on Instagram, he wrote: “‘I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.” I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all the memories we’ve made together. He continued, “While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.
The 49-year-old presenter came under fire from former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay – the first black female lead in the franchise – during an interview on Extra in February.
During the interview, Chris Harrison decided to defend then-contestant Rachael Kirkconnell for racially insensitive acts that came to light from her past.
Because of his passionate defence, Chris Harrison angered viewers who felt he perpetuated racially insensitive beliefs, as well as invalidating Rachel Lindsay’s suggestions. Chris Harrison quickly apologised at the time and decided to step down as presenter.
On July 8, it was confirmed that his resignation was permanent, as a statement from Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment stated: “Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise”.