Chris Harrison, the longtime host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, is leaving the franchise permanently following a racism controversy—and has reportedly received a serious parting deal.
According to sources, Harrison’s exit after nearly 20 years with the franchise comes with a “mid-range eight figure payoff” and a “promise to stay his mouth shut.”ABC and Warner Horizon, the studio that produces the franchise, confirmed Harrison’s departure in an exceedingly statement today.
In the interview, Harrison defended the past racist actions of a contestant who was vying for Matt James, the star of season 25 and therefore the first Black Bachelor. Harrison questioned the accusations made against contestant (and eventual winner) Rachael Kirkconnell, excusing social media posts and photos that showed her participating in an antebellum-themed party in 2018. (Kirkconnell later apologized.)