Chris Harrison will NOT host the next season of The Bachelorette, following an intense racial controversy around an interview he had with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay regarding Bachelor front runner Rachael Kirkconnell.
The veteran host, who has helmed the Bachelor franchise shows for its entire two decade run on ABC, attempted to redeem himself during a Good Morning America interview. His rote answers to questions only left host Michael Strahan questioning his sincerity.
“We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season,” said ABC Entertainment, the network home to the reality franchise, and producers Warner Horizon in a joint statement.
“As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks. These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”
Bachelorette production underway in New Mexico
Production on The Bachelorette season 17 is already underway in New Mexico. Taisha, the most recent Bachelorette, and Kaitlyn who won Dancing with the Stars in 2019 and led the 2015 season are already on site. TMZ broke the story that Chris hadn’t been quarantining with the rest of the cast and crew.
An official decision has yet to be determined about Chris’ future with the franchise, according to multiple Hollywood Reporter sources.
After Chris’ disastrous interview with Rachel, where he kept defending Kirkconnell, who had participated in an Old South” themed party, and liked racist Instagram posts, he announced he would be stepping aside from his The Bachelor duties.
NFL analyst Emmanuel Acho will host the upcoming The Bachelor: After the Final Rose finale special, where reportedly the current controversies surrounding the franchise will be addressed. The finale special — which was filmed last week and airs Monday (March 15) will feature sit downs with Bachelor star Matt James and Rachael, as well as finalists Bri Springs and Michelle Young.