Chris Harrison not returning to The Bachelorette next season following racism controversy

Presenter announced that he would be temporarily stepping back from the franchise

Isobel Lewis
Saturday 13 March 2021 13:18
'I made a mistake, and I own that,' says Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison will not host the forthcoming season ofThe Bachelorette amid the show’s ongoing racism controversy.

Last month, the long-time presenter announced that he would be temporarily stepping back from the reality TV series.

The decision came after Harrison took part in an interview with former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, during which he sought to defend current Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell against allegations of racist and offensive behaviour.

On Friday (12 March), it was confirmed that Harrison would not be hosting the next season of the dating show, with former contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe instead presenting.

A statement from Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment read: “Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette. We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.”

Read more: Bachelor alums on whether Chris Harrison should step away for good

“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."

It continued: “These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”

Read more: All current Bachelor contestants release statement denouncing racism

Earlier this month, Harrison described himself as an “imperfect man” during his first interview since the controversy.

“I made a mistake and I own that,” he said. “I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

Access unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

Harrison also apologised to Lindsay and the Black community, saying that he was “committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise”.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in