Chris Harrison’s Future With The Bachelor Has Been Settled

The end of an era. Longtime “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is reportedly leaving the franchise for good following his racism controversy. According to Deadline, the TV personality, who has been hosting the show since 2002, “will receive a rose of his own in the form of mid-range eight-figure payoff and promise to keep his mouth shut,” the outlet wrote on June 8, adding, “there is certainly no romance in the air behind the scenes.”

The news comes after Harrison’s hiatus from the franchise, where he’s been replaced by a bevy of guest hosts, including creator Mike Fleiss’ good pal David Spade, who will be seen on the next season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Plus, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe have replaced Harrison on the latest season of “The Bachelorette.” 

Harrison has been estranged from ABC following his controversial remarks in a March 2021 interview where he defended Rachael Kirkconnell after photos of her attended an Old-South-themed party surfaced. 

According to Deadline, “Harrison’s reps have been in increasingly intense negotiations over the past few days” and they apparently reach a “confidential settlement” on the eve of the premiere of Season 17 of “The Bachelorette.” The agreement follows a “flurry of back and forth between the parties” after Harrison’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, threatened to “unleash the Shiva of lawsuits exposing a swath of ‘The Bachelor”s alleged dirty laundry.”

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