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Chris Harrison exits ‘The Bachelor’ franchise after racism controversy

Chris Harrison is completely exiting ABC’s reality relationship series “The Bachelor” after coming below fire earlier this year for defending a contestant’s previous racist habits.

“Chris Harrison is stepping apart as host of The Bachelor franchise. We’re thankful for his many contributions over the previous 20 years and wish him your entire simplest on his new lag,” Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a assertion sent to NBC News on Tuesday.

He said he used to be furious to originate up a new chapter after an “implausible flee” as host of the franchise in a assertion posted to his Instagram.

“I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the recollections we’ve made together,” Harrison said. “Whereas my two-decade lag is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will final a lifetime.”

Harrison, who has hosted the novel franchise for nearly 20 years, stepped besides his role in February after he defended historical “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who used to be proven in pictures attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018. Harrison made the feedback defending Kirkconnell within the course of an “Extra” interview with historical “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay.

In his interview with Lindsay, Harrison expressed sympathy for Kirkconnell and implied that the criticism directed towards her used to be unfair for the explanation that pictures had been from the previous. When Lindsay said it used to be no longer a lawful take into consideration that Kirkconnell attended a occasion celebrating the antebellum South — a time duration when slavery used to be novel — Harrison said: “Smartly, Rachel, is it a lawful take into consideration in 2018? Or is it no longer a lawful take into consideration in 2021? On yarn of there’s a gigantic difference.”

“It is rarely a lawful take into consideration ever,” Lindsay, who’s Dusky, said in response. “If I went to that occasion, what would I signify at that occasion?”

Harrison, who’s white, later admitted that he had “made a mistake” in an interview with ABC News’ “Ethical Morning The united states.”

“I am an atrocious man, I made a mistake and I include that,” Harrison informed “GMA” co-host Michael Strahan. “I believe that mistake does now not reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am dedicated to progress, no longer superb for myself, also for the franchise.”

Harrison said in his interview that he used to be seeking guidance from a “flee educator and strategist,” who’s teaching him how one can be taught from this skills and pass ahead. He added that his departure used to be “no longer the produce line.”

“There is unprecedented extra work to be done,” he said.

His departure came within a day of the premiere of the 17th season of “The Bachelorette,” which aired on Monday. The mark is within the point out time being visitor hosted by historical Bachelorettes’ Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.

Wilson Wong is a breaking recordsdata reporter with NBC News. 

Diana Dasrath

Diana Dasrath is leisure producer and senior reporter for NBC News covering all platforms.

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