Long-time host Chris Harrison will not be returning to Bachelor In Paradise season 7. Replacing him will be a cast of guest hosts, including David Spade.
It all started four months ago when Harrison came under fire for his racially insensitive comments. Following the controversy, he announced that he is taking a step back from the Bachelor franchise. Here’s the full story.
Why did Chris Harrison leave the Bachelor franchise?
Chris Harrison got embroiled in a controversy when he defended Rachael Kirkconnell—the winner of Matt James’ season of The Bachelor—after photos of her from an “Old South” antebellum-themed party in 2018 resurfaced.
These parties are widely criticized for glorifying slavery and celebrating the “Old South”.
When Rachel Lindsay asked Harrison about the entire controversy on Extra, the latter basically said such parties were popular three years ago and we can’t look at them from a 2021 lens.
“Is it a good look in 2018 or is it not a good look in 2021?” he said about the photos, to which Lindsay replied, “It’s not a good look ever.”
Harrison went on to say that Kirkconnell was being unfairly attacked. “The woke police is out there,” he said during the chat. “And this poor girl Rachael, who has just been thrown to the lions, I don’t know how you are equipped when you have never done this before, to be woke enough, to be eloquent enough, to be ready to handle this.”
People didn’t take Chris Harrison’s remarks lightly. As the problem escalated, he apologized and announced that he would “be stepping aside for a period of time.”
David Spade will be one of the celebs replacing him in Bachelor In Paradise season 7
In March, it was announced that Chris Harrison wouldn’t be hosting Katie Thurston’s The Bachelorette season. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams filled in for him.
Now, it has come to light that the host will not be seen on Bachelor In Paradise season 7 either. A rotating cast of guest hosts including David Spade will replace him.
Meanwhile, a source told E! News that Harrison is not too happy with the news. He’s “disappointed” and has been “having conversations with his team and the studio”. The insider added, “He hopes his return will happen in 2022.”
Season 7 of Bachelor In Paradise is set to premiere on ABC on August 16.