Chris Harrison formally EXITS the Bachelor franchise after 19 years with an ‘eight-figure payout’ following racism scandal
- Chris Harrison is formally stepping down as host of The Bachelor franchise after 19 years, Deadline reported Tuesday
- In February, Harrison got here below hearth for defending a contestant who was pictured at a 2018 antebellum-themed fraternity formal
- He introduced shortly afterwards he could be ‘stepping apart’ from his position
- Harrison was reportedly supplied an eight-figure payout that requires him to ‘preserve his mouth shut’ following months of tense negotiations
- Former contestants are actually internet hosting the present season of The Bachelorette and the franchise introduced a rotating record of hosts for The Bachelor in Paradise
Longtime Bachelor host Chris Harrison is formally exiting the romantic competitors present within the wake of feedback he made defending a contestant who appeared in an antebellum-themed occasion.
Harrison – who served because the host of The Bachelor and its spinoffs, The Bachelorette and The Bachelor in Paradise, since 2002 – can be strolling away with an eight-figure payout following months of tense negotiations with WBTV and Disney-owned ABC tv, in accordance with Deadline.
The outlet mentioned that Harrison’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, had pledged to unleash a swath of lawsuits towards the franchise until the host acquired adequate severance pay. The mid-eight-figure payout comes with a promise to ‘preserve his mouth shut’, per Deadline.
Deadline reviews that longtime host Chris Harrison was formally left his place on The Bachelor franchise on Tuesday, after serving as host for 19 years
Harrison allegedly defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after photographs emerged of her at a 2018 Previous South plantation-themed fraternity formal
An official announcement concerning the choice was anticipated to be made later Tuesday.
The report comes roughly 5 months after Harrison got here below hearth for an Further interview wherein he appeared to defend a contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, over 2018 photographs that confirmed her taking part in an Previous South plantation-themed fraternity formal.
He mentioned that within the February interview: ‘All of us must have just a little grace, just a little understanding, just a little compassion’ towards Kirkconnell amid the turbulent occasions of the ‘woke police’ and cancel tradition.
‘I’ve seen some stuff on-line — this choose, jury, executioner factor, the place individuals are tearing this woman’s life aside and diving into, like, her dad and mom’ voting report,’ he mentioned. ‘It is unbelievably alarming to look at this.’
‘I have never heard Rachael converse on this but,’ Harrison continued. ‘And till I truly hear this girl have an opportunity to talk, who am I to say any of this.’
These feedback sparked backlash on-line, and Harrison later took to Instagram to make clear his remarks.
‘Whereas I don’t converse for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions had been merely to ask for grace in providing a chance to talk on her personal behalf,’ he wrote. ‘What I notice I’ve accomplished is trigger hurt by wrongly talking in a way that perpetuates racism, and for that I’m deeply sorry.’
By Valentine’s Day, Harrison introduced he could be ‘stepping apart for a time period’ throughout the present’s first season to function a black Bachelor.
Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are actually co-hosting the present Bachelorette season, and simply final week, executives introduced a rotating record of hosts for the franchise’s summer time present, Bachelor in Paradise.
Bachelor Matt James wound up selecting Kirkconnell within the season finale
The present season of The Bachelorette, that includes Katie Thurston, is now being hosted by former contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe
Kirkconnell, in the meantime, acquired the ultimate rose from Bachelor Matt James within the March 15 season finale, however within the ‘After the Rose’ particular that evening, James mentioned he had minimize issues off.
The couple is now ‘making an attempt to make it work,’ James informed the Wall Avenue Journal final month, and are actually planning to maneuver in collectively, in accordance with Web page Six.
James was reportedly ‘hesitant to publicly and outrightly verify’ the connection as a result of it was ‘nonetheless recent and so they nonetheless have points to work by,’ an unnamed supply allegedly informed Web page Six .
‘Rachael already confronted scrutiny for her previous, and now all eyes have shifted to Matt,’ the supply mentioned. ‘So he’s feeling strain to set a very good instance for different black males.’
The couple was not too long ago seen collectively in Miami and the Hamptons.