L'ex “Laurea breve” condurre, chi di recente came out as gay, posted a tribute to Harrison on his Instagram Story on Tuesday.
“Grade A human being. Thank you for being a friend, a stand up guy, and a hell of a host. Can’t wait to see what you do next!” scrisse.
Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that Harrison would not be returning.
“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,” the producers said in a statement.
The news comes just hours after the Season 17 premiere of “L'addio al nubilato” and 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.
Harrison posted a message to fans on his Instagram. “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime,” scrisse.
Scadenza reported on Tuesday 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 an “Old South”-themed party in 2018 at a plantation and dressing up in a Native American costume.
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.
“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.”
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy ha contribuito a questo rapporto.