After the 17th season premiere of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” Monday night, longtime host Chris Harrison is officially exiting stage-left from the franchise, after cancel culture squeezed him out.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise. We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey,” Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a statement on Tuesday.
Harrison, who has been with the network for 19 years, announced he was temporarily leaving “The Bachelor” franchise after he stood up for former “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell when photos of her resurfaced from a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.
“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it, and this is again where we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, and executioner thing —where people are just tearing this