Chris Harrison allegedly demanded a $25million payout to depart The Bachelor franchise – or else he would air 19 years of behind-the-scenes secrets and techniques in a slew of lawsuits towards the its producers and executives.
Sources accustomed to negotiations surrounding Harrison’s abrupt exit on Tuesday stated ABC Studios had hoped the 49-year-old would go away ‘shortly and quietly’ amid backlash over feedback he made defending a contestant who appeared in footage at a plantation-themed fraternity get together.
As an alternative, Harrison fought again.
‘He has almost 20 years of filth,’ an insider instructed Web page Six. ‘As an alternative of handing them a rose, he was completely prepared at hand them a lawsuit detailing all of the behind-the-scenes particulars.
‘He is aware of lots about inappropriate conduct on set: fights between contestants, misbehavior together with [the] use of unlawful substances whereas abroad and complaints from producers that had been allegedly brushed underneath the carpet by ABC execs.’
Chris Harrison formally left The Bachelor franchise on Tuesday, after serving as host for 19 years. His departure got here after he confronted intense backlash for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell (proper) after pictures emerged of her at a 2018 Outdated South plantation-themed fraternity formal
‘He was prepared to inform the reality about how issues actually work over there, and he had loads of proof to again him up,’ the supply continued.
‘Chris Harrison’s entire life was The Bachelor and he didn’t wish to let go.
‘He nonetheless is absolutely unhappy to depart, and there have been very powerful and really heated negotiations happening for weeks.’
Harrison is now strolling away from the franchise he has hosted for 19 years with a mid eight-figure payout, Deadline first reported Tuesday, though sources accustomed to the negotiations stated it’s not as excessive because the $25million he demanded.
The payout got here with a promise to ‘maintain his mouth shut’, per Deadline.
Representing Harrison within the negotiations was outstanding Los Angeles lawyer Bryan Freedman, who had beforehand represented The Bachelor creator and govt producer Mike Fleiss’ spouse of their divorce when she claimed he was abusive.
Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, a former Miss America, later withdrew her criticism and acquired a $10million settlement.
‘Chris Harrison employed Bryan Freedman, who represented Mike Fleiss’ spouse, which instantly set an aggressive taking part in subject,’ a second supply instructed Web page Six. ‘It was a bunch of emotionally-charged males in a room who weren’t proud of one another in any respect.’
Harrison’s departure allegedly adopted weeks of intense negotiations with ABC Leisure executives as he demanded a $25 million payout or he would reveal behind-the-scene secrets and techniques
Warner Media and ABC Leisure confirmed Harrison’s departure in an announcement after Deadline broke the information.
‘Chris Harrison is stepping apart as host of The Bachelor franchise,’ the producers instructed Fox Information in an announcement.
Harrison had employed outstanding LA lawyer Bryan Freedman (pictured) to characterize him within the negotiations
‘We’re grateful for his many contributions over the previous 20 years and need him all one of the best on his new journey.’
Harrison – who served because the host of The Bachelor and its spinoffs, The Bachelorette and The Bachelor in Paradise, since 2002 – additionally wrote a goodbye put up on his Instagram web page.
‘I’ve had a very unbelievable run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I am excited to start out a brand new chapter,’ he wrote. ‘I am so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all the recollections we have made collectively.’
‘Whereas my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will final a lifetime.’
Former Bachelor Colton Underwood additionally shared his assist for Harrison, posting a tribute to Harrison on his Instagram story and calling him a ‘Grade A human being.’
‘Thanks for being a pal, a rise up man and a hell of a number,’ Underwood wrote. ‘Cannot wait to see what you do subsequent.’
Former Bachelor Colton Underwood, proper, posted a tribute to longtime host Chris Harrison, left, on Tuesday as he leaves the franchise after almost 20 years
Underwood’s put up known as Harrison a ‘Grade A human being,’ a ‘rise up man and a hell of a number’
Harrison additionally wrote a goodbye put up thanking the ‘Bachelor Nation’ for 20 years of recollections
Harrison’s departure comes roughly 5 months after he got here underneath hearth for an Additional interview through which he appeared to defend a contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, over 2018 pictures that confirmed her taking part in an Outdated South plantation-themed fraternity formal.
He stated that within the February interview: ‘All of us have to have a bit grace, a bit understanding, a bit 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 persons are tearing this lady’s life aside and diving into, like, her mother and father’ voting report,’ he stated. ‘It is unbelievably alarming to observe 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 possibility to talk on her personal behalf,’ he wrote. ‘What I understand I’ve finished 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 can be ‘stepping apart for a time period’ throughout the present’s first season to function a black Bachelor.
Harrison apologized for his remarks within the interview with GMA host Michael Strahan in early March, admitting he was ‘insensitive’ and ‘made a mistake’ as he vowed to return to the fact present and ‘be a part of the change’.
However his apology was dismissed by Strahan who advised his contrition was simply ‘floor’ and a ploy by his fellow ABC colleague to get his $8million a 12 months job again.
Harrison apologized in an interview with GMA host Michael Strahan in March, saying he was ‘insensitive’ and ‘made a mistake’ (above)
Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are actually co-hosting the present Bachelorette season, and simply final week, executives introduced a rotating checklist of hosts for the franchise’s summer season present, Bachelor in Paradise.
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 stated he had minimize issues off.
The couple is now ‘attempting to make it work,’ James instructed the Wall Road 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 affirm’ the connection as a result of it was ‘nonetheless contemporary and so they nonetheless have points to work by,’ an unnamed supply allegedly instructed Web page Six .
‘Rachael already confronted scrutiny for her previous, and now all eyes have shifted to Matt,’ the supply stated. ‘So he’s feeling stress to set a superb instance for different black males.’
The couple was not too long ago seen collectively in Miami and the Hamptons.
Bachelor Matt James wound up selecting Kirkconnell within the season finale