Hours after the premiere of season 17 of The Bachelorette, Deadline reported that the show’s longtime host Chris Harrison has exited the franchise for good.
According to the report, Harrison received a “mid-range eight-figure payoff” for his continued silence on the confidential behind-the-scenes of the show. Harrison began hosting The Bachelor in 2002 and hosted the franchise’s spin-off shows including The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Pad, The Bachelor Winter Games, and more.
On Valentine’s Day weekend, Harrison announced that he was stepping aside “for a period of time” after he was accused of perpetuating racism. Harrison asked Bachelor fans to give “grace” to a contestant who was seen in an allegedly racist photo.
ABC announced that season 17 of The Bachelorette would be hosted by the show’s former contestants, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. ABC and Warner Media announced that they removed Harrison as part of its dedication to “improving BIPOC representation.”
“We are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our