Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise who has been criticized for recent racially insensitive remarks, will not host the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette.”
ABC and Warner Horizon, which produces the series, made the announcement in a joint statement late Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. He will be replaced by former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams, who is Black, and Kaitlyn Bristowe, the newspaper reported.
“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of ‘The Bachelorette,’” the statement read. “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.”
Adams and Bristowe are currently quarantined on-site, along with the contestants for the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette,” Variety reported.
Harrison announced on Feb. 13 that he would be leaving “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs, including “The Bachelorette,” which he had hosted since it launched on ABC in 2002, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Harrison left the franchise after a 13-minute interview Feb. 9 on Extra with former “Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Harrison spoke out on behalf of Rachael Kirkconnell, a contestant who was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018, CNN reported.
Lindsay is the franchise’s first Black “Bachelorette,” starring during the show’s 2017 season.
The upcoming season is reportedly in pre-production at a resort outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Times reported. It was scheduled to start filming in late March.
Emmanuel Acho will be hosting “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” special in Harrison’s place on Monday.
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