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BACHELOR host Chris Harrison is stepping down from the show after almost two decades.
Harrison’s leave of absence will be “for a period of time” after fans and ex-contestants petition he’d be fired.
Chris Harrison has been the Bachelor host since 2002Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Who is Chris Harrison?
Chris Harrison, 49, is an American TV host and personality.
He is best known for being the host of the Bachelor since 2002 and all its spin-offs.
The popular host will be replaced on the Bachelor franchise after this season.
Harrison was ousted despite issuing an apology for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and her alleged racist behavior.
The host explained his absence on social media, writing: “The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.
He is best known for hosting game shows and other entertainment showsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Adding: “I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
Harrison also served as the host of the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from 2015 through 2019 upon its cancellation.
He has previously covered the Primetime Emmy Awards, co-hosted the game show You Deserve It and Designers’ Challenge on HGTV.
What is his net worth?
Harrison’s net worth is reportedly $16million.
He has amassed over $8million in just Bachelor salary and apparently makes $600,000 per episode.
Who is he married to?
Harrison was married to his college sweetheart, Gwen Harrison, for nearly 18 years before divorcing.
The couple share two children: Joshua, 18, and Taylor Harrison, 16.
His salary at the Bachelor has amassed up to $8million as he makes $600,000 per episodeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
After his divorce, Harrison began dating Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima.
The two have been together since 2018.
Why did he recently come under fire on the Bachelor?
Harrison was slammed by Bachelor fans for defending Rachael Kirkconnell for attending a plantation-style costume party back when she was in college, despite apologizing after photos surfaced.
Chris defended Rachael from social media trolls, saying: “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I’ve seen some stuff online… again, this ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart.
He continued: “I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet, and until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say [anything]?”
He has two children with his college sweetheartCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Following his comments, fans demanded the longtime host be fired and 25 women from the current season rallied together to denounce the hosts’ stance in a joint statement.
“We are the women of Bachelor Season 25. Twenty-five women who identify as BIPOC were cast on this historic season that was meant to represent change.
“We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism.
“Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized,” the group said.