The previous “Bachelor” lead, who lately got here out as homosexual, posted a tribute to Harrison on his Instagram Story on Tuesday.
“Grade A human being. Thanks for being a pal, a rise up man, and a hell of a number. Cannot wait to see what you do subsequent!” he wrote.
Warner Horizon and ABC Leisure confirmed to Fox Information on Tuesday that Harrison wouldn’t be returning.
“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 producers mentioned in a press release.
The information comes simply hours after the Season 17 premiere of “The Bachelorette” and days after it was revealed that the longtime host, 49, would not be returning to his duties on “Bachelor in Paradise,” opting as a substitute to let David Spade fill in for him.
Harrison posted a message to followers on his Instagram. “I’ve had a really unbelievable run as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise and now I’m excited to start out a brand new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all the recollections we’ve made collectively. Whereas my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will final a lifetime,” he wrote.
Deadline reported on Tuesday that Harrison struck an eight-figure cope with the franchise and Warner Bros. to depart quietly.
He had beforehand stepped except for his internet hosting duties for “The Bachelorette” after defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after it got here to mild that she attended an Antebellum-themed get together previous to showing on the present. The 24-year-old, who appeared in Season 25 with Matt James, the present’s first Black lead, issued a prolonged apology after the pictures resurfaced. She condemned her previous actions which included attending an “Outdated South”-themed get together in 2018 at a plantation and dressing up in a Native American costume.
Harrison appeared on Further in an interview with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay who was the present’s first Black feminine lead. Within the interview, he defended Kirkconnell, arguing that instances had been totally different merely three years in the past. The host caught swift and instant backlash prompting him to problem an apology of his personal.
“I’ve this unbelievable platform to talk about love, and yesterday I took a stance on matters which I ought to have been higher knowledgeable. Whereas I don’t communicate for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions had been merely to ask for grace in providing her a possibility to talk on her personal behalf,” he wrote on the time.
“What I now understand I’ve achieved is trigger hurt by wrongly talking in a fashion that perpetuates racism, and for that I’m so deeply sorry. I additionally apologize to my pal Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her higher on a subject she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who’ve reached out to me to carry me accountable,” Harrison concluded. “I promise to do higher.”
Fox Information’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.