Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
Published 11: 27 p.m. ET March 12, 2021
Chris Harrison will sit down out the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette.”
Harrison – who has hosted “The Bachelor” franchise for as regards to 2 decades since its 2002 debut – launched in February that he would be “stepping aside for a period of time” after controversially defending most contemporary “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racially insensitive behavior.
Although Harrison assured viewers last week that he would now now not step down completely, it wasn’t obvious how long Harrison would be sidelined from his hosting responsibilities. Until now.
Warner Horizon and ABC Leisure confirmed to USA TODAY Friday that Harrison’s hosting hiatus will lengthen by the upcoming 17th season of “The Bachelorette.” He will be replaced by dilapidated “Bachelorette” stars Tayshia Adams (Season 16) and Kaitlyn Bristowe (Season 11), who will “toughen the fresh Bachelorette by next season.”
“Chris Harrison will now now not be hosting the next season of ‘The Bachelorette,'” reads a joint assertion equipped to USA TODAY. “We toughen Chris within the work that he’s committed to doing.”
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Harrison confronted fashionable backlash for defending Kirkconnell from the “woke police” within the course of a Feb. 9 interview with “Bachelorette” alum Rachel Lindsay. Kirkconnell, one in all the finalists on Matt James’ most contemporary season of “The Bachelor,” has attain beneath fireplace for liking Confederate flag-connected TikToks and, more currently, for a resurfaced photograph that seems to stamp her attending a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.
The TV personality apologized on his Instagram fable on Feb. 10 for “wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism.” Harrison apologized over again on Feb. 13 for “excusing historical racism” and launched that he will grasp some time a long way flung from the franchise.
“The historic season of The Bachelor ought to now now not be marred or overshadowed by my errors or diminished by my actions,” Harrison wrote. “To that pause, I the truth is believe consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will now now not join for the After the Closing Rose particular.”
Author and TV host Emmanuel Acho is decided to grasp Harrison’s swear for the one-hour particular scheduled to air March 15, at once following the stamp’s season finale.
Harrison’s future involvement within the franchise is now now not obvious beyond next season of “The Bachelorette,” however he’s assured of his return. Last week, Harrison told “Correct form Morning The US” co-anchor Michael Strahan, “I thought to be abet and I have to be abet.”
“This interview is now now not the pause line,” he stated. “There might be much more work to be done and I’m furious to be fragment of that trade.”
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