BACHELOR’S Chris Harrison has been “iced out” of crisis talks with ABC executives as the host “may never return” to the show, The Sun can reveal.
The longtime face of the series’ chance of returning “grows thinner” as he remains at the center of the franchise’s ongoing racist accusations.
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Chris Harrison has been ‘iced out’ of crisis talked with ABC executivesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The host is at the center of the franchise’s ongoing race scandalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Resurfaced photos of contestant Rachael Kirckonnell first stirred up controversyCredit: Instagram
A source exclusively revealed to The Sun that while a decision has not yet been made on whether or not Chris, 49, will come back as host, “things are not looking good for him.”
“He was originally being included in all conversations of how to proceed but has been iced out the past few days as execs figure out how to handle this mess,” an informant revealed.
The insider explained: “As the backlash continues to escalate on an even larger, more mainstream scale, his chances of coming back grow thinner.
“Everyone on production and the network agrees this has been a worst case scenario season, especially given it’s the show’s first-ever Black Bachelor.”
Matt James made history as the first Black Bachelor the show has hadCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Chris Harrison’s chances of returning ‘grow thinner’ amid the massive backlashCredit: Getty Images – Getty
As the historic season has been overshadowed by the ongoing race scandal, the series is now looking to add more diversity behind the camera.
“There is a major power shift happening right now behind the scenes on The Bachelor and it will continue moving forward.
“As of right now, Nicole Chenoweth Mike Fleiss will continue running things but there will be a change-up with other top producers.
“The show is also hiring more people of color in higher-up positions to help fix what it finally recognizes has been a long-standing problem,” the insider said.
The informant added that things are a “disaster” behind-the-scenes as “no one was prepared” for how massive the backlash would become.
Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss will ‘continue running things’ behind the scenesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Chris Harrison has hosted The Bachelor since it first premiered in 2002Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Bachelor host shared an apology before announcing he’s stepping away from the showCredit: Instagram
“And they’re scrambling to make it right and to be honest, as of right now, they have no idea how exactly they’re going to make things better.
“New allegations against different contestants come out everyday. They’ve lost control,” the source confessed.
ABC reps did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment.
Rachael Kirkconnell was slammed for attending an ‘Old South’ party in 2018
The Matt James frontrunner was labeled ‘racist’ by fans
Chris Harrison was criticized for his interview with Bachelorette Rachel LindsayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Matt James frontrunner was also accused of liking controversial social media posts that include the Confederate flag and pro-Trump “MAGA” content.
During the 16-minute chat, Chris also continued to speak over the ex Bachelorette and claimed the racism problems were “okay” in 2018 but “not in 2021” – while adding he’s “not the woke police.”
Following days of scrutiny, Chris announced in a lengthy Instagram message he will be stepping away from the show due to “excusing historical racism.”
An episode of Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune starring Chris was also postponed and most likely completely scrapped, The Sun exclusively revealed yesterday.
Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown was slammed for attending an Antebellum bashCredit: Instagram
Demi Burnett apologized for wearing a Confederate flag jacket last yearCredit: Twitter
The Bachelorette star posted pictures from a party on Instagram before hastily deleting it after responding to fans outrage about Rachael’s actions.
Pervious Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise fan-favorite Demi Burnett was also slammed for wearing a Confederate flag jacket in resurfaced photos which she later admitted was “f***ked up.”