After years of internet hosting ‘The Bachelor’ and varied spinoffs, Chris Harrison confirmed he’s ‘stepping aside’ for ‘a period of time’ — and won’t be showing on the ‘Final Rose’ particular.
It’s official: Chris Harrison is “stepping aside” from The Bachelor franchise. The host himself made the announcement in a prolonged Instagram publish on Feb 13, after Chris made headlines for a Feb. 9 interview he did with former contestant, Rachel Lindsay, on Extra. “I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike,” he started, confirming on the finish of his assertion he could be away from the present “for a period time.”
“I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke…I set standards for myself, and have to meet them. I feel that with every fiber of my being,” the 49-year-old penned. “Now just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same. By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong,” he defined.
“To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you,” Chris additionally wrote in his emotional letter, occurring to thank those that he’s studying from. “I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism.”
He then addressed the present season of the present. “The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special,” he concluded.
During the Extra interview, Chris mentioned season 25 Bachelor contestant, Racahel Kirkconnell, and the controversy relating to images of her attending an Old South-themed celebration in faculty. The images blew up on social media, with followers mentioning how problematic it was for Rachael to glorify a time in American historical past the place blatant racism was so prevalent. However, Chris didn’t appear to see the difficulty, and tried to reduce the issue. “I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago, that’s it,” he instructed Rachel L. “My guess? These girls got dressed up and went to a party and had a great time. They were 18 years old. Now, does that make it okay? I don’t know, Rachel, you tell me. We were all looking through [that lens] in 2018?”
After the interview aired, Chris obtained an outpouring of backlash on social media, and it wasn’t till the controversy blew up that he publicly apologized. However, it was too little too late. Other members of Bachelor Nation started publicly denouncing Chris, and it will definitely led to his exit from the franchise after 19 years.
Chris has been with Bachelor Nation from the start. It all began with The Bachelor in 2002, adopted by a spin-off, The Bachelorette, which premiered in 2003. From 2010 till 2012, Chris hosted the short-lived spin-off Bachelor Pad, adopted by Bachelor in Paradise, which first premiered in 2014. Other spin-offs included The Bachelor Winter Games and The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart.
In addition to serving as host of all of those exhibits, Chris was additionally on the forefront of Bachelor Nation specials and reunion exhibits. He developed shut relationships with most of the present’s stars over time. However, many alum of the present made it clear that they weren’t pleased with the statements that Chris made in his Extra interview, they usually didn’t shrink back from calling him out on it.
The ladies of shade on Rachael Ok.’s season of The Bachelor even teamed as much as launch a press release in help of Rachel Lindsay, and slammed Chris for defending Rachael Ok.’s previous racist habits. “We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism,” they stated. “Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized.” See the total assertion above.
Meanwhile, Rachael Ok. issued an apology for her habits, the place she took accountability for her actions. “At one point, I did not recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” she wrote. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”
In addition to years of internet hosting within the Bachelor Nation franchise, Chris additionally met his now-girlfriend, Lauren Zima, due to the sequence. Lauren, a reporter for Entertainment Tonight, coated The Bachelor and its spinoffs for work. Chris appeared on varied ET segments over time, and the 2 finally fell in love. He was beforehand married to his faculty sweetheart, Gwen, who he shares two youngsters with.