The long-running host of “The Bachelor” franchise, Chris Harrison, gained’t be returning to “The Bachlorette” subsequent season following a racial controversy over his protection of a contestant, in response to an announcement from this system’s producers Friday.
His future after that’s unclear.
Harrison got here underneath fireplace for defending controversial “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after photographs of her emerged on social media at a 2018 Previous South plantation-themed occasion. She additionally “appreciated” social media photographs that included Accomplice flags, was accused on TikTok of bullying a classmate for relationship a Black man and reportedly made feedback in assist of the QAnon conspiracy theories.
Harrison defended Kirkconnell in a 15-minute rant final month to “Further” correspondent Rachel Lindsay, who was the fact franchise’s first Black Bachelorette in 2017. He mentioned Kirkconnell deserved “a bit of grace, a bit of understanding, a bit of compassion” — and slammed what he referred to as the “woke police.”
Kirkconnell, who’s nonetheless a front-runner on the present season of “The Bachelor,” has since apologized, saying, “I used to be ignorant, however my ignorance was racist.”
A joint assertion by ABC Leisure and Warner Horizon famous that Harrison “is not going to be internet hosting the following season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ We assist Chris within the work that he’s dedicated to doing,” it added.
“As we proceed the dialogue round attaining higher fairness and inclusion inside ‘The Bachelor,’ we’re devoted to enhancing the BIPOC illustration of our crew, together with among the many government producer ranks.”
Harrison can be briefly changed by totally different alums from the exhibits, together with former “Bachelorette” stars Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, Selection reported.
Harrison introduced final month that he was briefly stepping away from his function within the franchise. He was changed as host for “The Bachelor’s” stay particular, “After the Closing Rose,” by Emmanuel Acho, a former NFL linebacker and Fox Sports activities analyst. Acho, who’s Black, hosts an internet collection referred to as “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man” and wrote a e book of the identical title.
However it seems Harrison’s absence can be far longer than that.
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