Chris Harrison has resigned as host amid ongoing controversy surrounding his comments about racism and “woke police.”ABC confirmed the news, sharing a statement that read, “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season.”
The statement 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 within the ranks of the executive producers. “These are important steps in making a fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that reflects our world.”
Katie Thurston, a fan favorite on the current season of The Bachelor, is expected to be named as the next Bachelorette. Katie became the subject of the rumors after TV blogger Reality Steve tweeted, “(SPOILER): At the taping of Women Tell All last Thursday, Katie Thurston was announced as the next Bachelorette. Katie is eliminated in Monday’s episode during her 1-on-1 with Matt.”
Katie’s season will begin taping “at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in New Mexico in a few weeks.The current season of The Bachelor ends Monday and will see Matt James give his final rose to either Michelle Young or Rachael Kirkconnell.
Matt was announced as the first black male Bachelor in June 2020, however, his season has been riddled with controversy after it emerged that frontrunner Rachael had attended antebellum parties in 2018 while in college.
Chris Harrison then came under fire when he defended his actions, and appeared to speak over Rachel Lindsay – the first Black Bachelorette – when she tried to explain why Rachael’s actions were insensitive.