Chris Harrison announced that he will be stepping away from his post as “Bachelor” host following the controversies thrown at him.
On Saturday, Chris Harrison told his followers that he will not appear on the ABC franchise in the next episodes. The news came after he suffered from intense backlash following his racism controversy.
What Harrison said
Through his Instagram account, he penned a lengthy statement, taking accountability for his actions.
“I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke,” he said.
Harrison added that he failed to meet the standards he set for himself. He also expressed how shameful the events are for him, knowing that he was so wrong.
The controversial host then invoked the term “woke police” and said it was never acceptable.
In another part of his statement, he said he is sorry to the Black and BIPOC community who became victims of his words.
“I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism,” he penned.
Harrison took note that his mistakes should not overshadow the current season of The Bachelor. Thus, he said that he will be stepping aside and will not join the After the Final Rose special.
He reportedly came up with the decision after consulting Warner Bros. and ABC.
In the end, the host said that he wants to assure that the cast and crew know that he is up to a greater commitment that he will do.
As of the writing, ABC and Warner Bros. have not decided who will replace him.
His departure came days after he appeared in an interview on Extra with Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay. She became the first Black female lead on the show.
However, this week, she revealed that she wants to quit the ABC franchise due to its lack of diversity.
“I can’t take it anymore,” Lindsay, 35, said on her “Higher Learning” podcast, per Page Six. “I’m contractually bound in some ways. But when it’s up, I am, too. I can’t do it anymore.”
Featured image courtesy of TheEllenShow’s Official YouTube Channel