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Bachelor’s Chris Harrison confirms he’s exiting show to ‘start a new chapter’ after he’s accused of ‘racist’ remarks

BACHELOR’S Chris Harrison confirmed he’s exiting the show to “start a new chapter” after he was accused of “racist” remarks.

The host was ousted from the show after he defended Rachael Kirkconnell attending an Antebellum ball while in college.

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The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison is set to leave the show for good
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He revealed the news on social media[/caption]

Less than 24 hours after the premiere of the latest season of The Bachelorette, Chris confirmed on Instagram that he was leaving his spot as the host of the franchise for good.

Along with a picture of him during a reunion show, he wrote: “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.

“I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together.

“While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”

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Chris with Clare Crawley months before the scandal[/caption]

Earlier today, Deadline had first reported that Chris was stepping away from the franchise after some very tumultuous last months.

The long-time standing host allegedly exited the show with an eight-figure payoff.

According to the outlet, the settlement was reached on Monday night after Chris’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, claimed he would “expose” some of The Bachelor’s alleged dirty laundry if his client wasn’t paid generously.

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Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are the new hosts of The Bachelorette[/caption]

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Bachelorette Katie Thurston was relieved she wasn’t going to be alone for the new season[/caption]

Chris officially leaving the franchise comes after fans praised Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe as “the best hosts ever.”

During last night’s season premiere, the two women met up with Katie Thurston, who is the new Bachelorette, and said they would help her on the journey to find the love of her life.

She responded that she “really thought she’d have to do this season” by herself. 

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect. I mean Kaitlyn and Tayshia? The dream team is here,” the Bachelorette said with a huge smile. 

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Fans loved the dynamic between Katie and the new hosts[/caption]

The dynamic between Tayshia and Kaitlyn – as well as their bond with Katie – was described as “fun and refreshing” by many viewers.

“The kaitlyn tayshia and katie dynamic is going to be soooo much better than chris harrison or any other guy,” one fan said.

Another begged the question: “Can we keep Tayshia and Kaitlyn as co-hosts? Sorry Chris Harrison.”

“I LOVE Tayshia and Kaitlyn pls never bring Chris Harrison back,” someone insisted. 

A watcher tweeted: “Kaitlyn and Tayshia are so good at this I don’t even remember Chris tbh.”

“Kaitlyn and Tayshia have been better hosts in this episode than Chris Harrison was in his entire career,” a Twitter user praised the women. 

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Chris defended former contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s racist past[/caption]

Earlier this year, Bachelor fans were shocked after it was announced Chris will be replaced by former leads Tayshia, 30, and Kaitlyn, 35, for the on-camera role following backlash for his “racist” comments.

It all kicked off after Georgia contestant Rachael Kirkconnell was discovered to have attended an Antebellum plantation-themed party in 2018.

After Rachael received backlash for her social media history, the problems escalated when host Chris stood in her corner during an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra.

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Though Chris apologized for defending racism, he was forced to step away[/caption]

Chris then apologized, in what people called “insincere” after viewers heard him speak to Good Morning America in his interview with Michael Strahan.

An insider close to the show previously explained that the former face of the franchise was “mortified” he wasn’t coming back. 

The informant said: “He pushed very hard with execs at the network. He was persistent for weeks, checking in and promising to do whatever it took to keep the job, almost to the point where he was begging. 

“I don’t think he ever thought there would be a world without him as host. He really believed he would be asked to come back.

“And he never in a million years thought they would do a season without him.”

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He seemed to burn his bridges when he hired lawyers against ABC[/caption]

However, he seemingly burned his bridges after he hired a lawyer and refused to cooperate further with ABC.

A second source told The Sun: “Since announcing he won’t be hosting the Bachelorette, his behavior has changed so much more. 

“He’s become distant and calculating and doesn’t seem to want to cooperate anymore. 

“Now there’s word he has his own attorney which has rubbed everyone on production the wrong way. He went from being defense to offense and he’s digging his own grave, really.”

What did Chris Harrison say to Rachael Lindsay?

In the February 9 interview with Lindsay – the first Black lead in franchise Bachelorette history – Harrison said: “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.

“And diving into…her parents voting record…it’s unbelievably alarming to watch this!

“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]?”

The insider claimed that Chris’s chances of coming back “were slim” but “it could have been possible.” 

Now he has been replaced by Tayshia and Kaitlyn, and many others as the show plans to have rotating hosts.

Some of those include actor David Spade, who will host Bachelor In Paradise, and Sarah Hyland and show alum Wells Adams.

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