A shocking exit. Ex single Rachel Lindsay revealed she was surprised Chris Harrison what to drop The Bachelor franchise after almost 20 years.
“I must say that I am [shocked]. I didn’t expect it to happen, not after the announcement, ”Lindsay, 36, said in extra on Tuesday June 8th.
Us weekly confirmed that Harrison’s leave of absence, which was announced in February, became permanent a few hours later High school Season 17 premiered on Monday, June 7. The 49-year-old host reached an eight-figure deal with ABC.
The controversy started when Harrison defended Rachael kirkconnellracially insensitive past during a conversation with Lindsay in extra in February. Harrison told fans to wait to hear the Bachelor contestant’s side of the story, while Lindsay noted that she had been silent for weeks.
“Who is Rachel Lindsay and who is Chris Harrison and who is the cop who woke up, who are you? [to tell her to speak out]? “He asked.” I’ve heard a lot about ‘I think I should’, ‘I think I should’. Who the hell are you? Who are you that you demand that? “
Harrison apologized a day later and also apologized directly to Lindsay, the television correspondent noted. “The last time we sat down and talked, I said I accepted Chris’s apology and I still stand by it. Yeah, I think that’s the way forward, ”Lindsay said Tuesday.
“I was opposed to all forms of racism and I deeply regret it. I’m sorry for Rachel Lindsay and I’m sorry for the black community, ”she said at the time.
Harrison already has several job offers following his exit from the franchise, an exclusive source said. U.S on Tuesday.
“He has been getting all kinds of offers on projects, so he hopes to close something soon,” said a source. “He has a team that has been supporting him all this time and is working on his next move. He has hosted other shows in the past, so it’s safe to say this is not the end of Chris Harrison as host. “
A second source added: “He is elated and relieved to be able to explore future opportunities.”
Lindsay, for her part, wondered if Harrison really wanted to leave on his own terms. “It’s been 19 years and if you watch the show, we saw Chris less and less,” he said on extra. “Nineteen years is a great achievement. Perhaps that is the case. We do not know. Maybe they were ready to move on. Maybe Chris wanted to move on after all this. “
When he broke his silence, the longtime host noted that he was “excited to start a new chapter” and that “he had a really amazing career.
“I am very grateful to the Bachelor Nation for all the memories we have created together,” he shared via Instagram on Tuesday. “As my two-decade journey is ending, the friendships I have made will last a lifetime.”