Chris Harrison leaving 'Bachelor' franchise following racism controversy

The news comes just hours after the Season 17 premiere ofL'addio al nubilatoand days after it was revealed that the longtime host, 49, voluto not be returning to his duties su “Bachelor in Paradise,” opting instead to let David Spade fill in for him.

Scadenza reports that Harrison struck an eight-figure deal with the franchise and Warner Bros. to leave quietly.

He had previously stepped aside from his hosting duties for “L'addio al nubilato” after defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after it came to light that she attended an Antebellum-themed party prior to appearing on the show. The 24-year-old, who appeared in Season 25 with Matt James, the show’s first Black lead, issued a lengthy apology after the photos resurfaced. She condemned her past actions which included attending anOld South”-themed party in 2018 at a plantation and dressing up in a Native American costume.

‘BACHELORHOST CHRIS HARRISON SPEAKS OUT AFTER STEPPING ASIDE FROM SHOW: ‘I MADE A MISTAKE

Harrison appeared on Extra in an interview with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay who was the show’s first Black female lead. In the interview, he defended Kirkconnell, arguing that times were different merely three years ago. The host caught swift and immediate backlash prompting him to issue an apology of his own.

‘BACHELORHOST CHRIS HARRISON ‘STEPPING ASIDEFOLLOWING BACKLASH OVER RACISM CONTROVERSY

I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics which I should have been better informed. Anche se non parlo per Rachael Kirkconnell, le mie intenzioni erano semplicemente di chiedere la grazia offrendole l'opportunità di parlare a nome suo,” he wrote at the time.

“Quello che ora mi rendo conto di aver fatto è causare danni parlando in modo errato in un modo che perpetua il razzismo, e per questo sono così profondamente dispiaciuto. Mi scuso anche con la mia amica Rachel Lindsay per non averla ascoltata meglio su un argomento di cui ha una conoscenza di prima mano, e umilmente ringrazio i membri di Bachelor Nation che mi hanno contattato per ritenermi responsabile,” Harrison concluded. “Prometto di fare di meglio.”

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison (ABC/Todd Wawrychuck)

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Dopo facendosi da parte for some personal reflection, his future with the franchise’s other entries was unclear. The franchise announced that author and TV personality Emmanuel Acho would take over his duties for the remainder of the season. tuttavia, nel an interview with “Buon giorno America” a marzo, Harrison seemed optimistic that he would eventually be welcomed back to the franchise.

I plan to be back and I want to be back. This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done and I am excited to be a part of that change,” Harrison said in the interview.

Now it seems that the scandal has sent him away from the franchise he’s presided over since 2002 per sempre.

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