- Chris Harrison hosted The Bachelor franchise from 2002 to 2021.
- Chris left the franchise after a racism controversy involving former contestant Rachel Lindsay.
- Chris now has his personal podcast.
Chris Harrison, 51, hosted The Bachelor and its many spinoff shows for nearly twenty years earlier than he abruptly left the franchise. Chris stopped internet hosting The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise in June 2021 after a racism controversy involving former contestant Rachel Lindsay. Chris was been replaced as host of The Bachelor reveals, and he’s moved onto a brand new alternative in his profession.
So, what’s Chris Harrison to this point? His profession took a serious flip after his 19-year job got here to an finish. Right here’s what that you must learn about Chris’ future after his exit from Bachelor Nation.
What Is Chris Harrison Doing Now?
Chris remained very beneath the radar after he left Bachelor Nation in June 2021. A 12 months and a half later, Chris introduced his new podcast, The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever with Chris Harrison, the place he spoke about his exit from the franchise for the primary time publicly. “I used to be heartbroken. I used to be gutted. I used to be embarrassed. I used to be mad at myself,” Chris stated on the first episode of his podcast, launched in January 2023. “I used to be disenchanted in myself. The very last thing on the earth I ever wished to do was be an agent of something adverse — whether or not it needed to do with race or something.”
The former TV host additionally stated he was “sick to my abdomen” and misplaced 20 kilos over the controversy. “I didn’t sleep. I didn’t eat. I used to be scared to loss of life. It was only one gut-punch after the opposite, and mentally and bodily I deteriorated fairly unhealthy,” he revealed.
Chris has welcomed a slew of actuality TV stars on his podcast, together with Bachelor Nation’s Clare Crawley, Ben Higgins, and Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici Lowe. He’s additionally had Real Housewives stars like Cynthia Bailey, Kelly Dodd, and Vicki Gunvalson onto his present.
There’s additionally been main developments in Chris’ private life since he left The Bachelor. He got engaged to his girlfriend Lauren Zima in October 2021. Chris met Lauren when she was overlaying Bachelor Nation reveals for Leisure Tonight. They began courting in 2018, and obtained engaged three years later. Chris was beforehand married to his highschool sweetheart, Gwen Harrison, they usually had two kids collectively.
Why Did Chris Harrison Go away The Bachelor?
Chris left Bachelor Nation in June 2021 after his racism controversy. It began through the airing of The Bachelor‘s twenty fifth season (starring Matt James) when Chris did not publicly condemn contestant Rachael Kirkconnell‘s previous racist actions. Rachael was referred to as out for images that confirmed her attending an antebellum-themed party whereas she was in school in 2018. When Chris was requested in regards to the controversy in a February 2021 interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, he defended Rachael. Chris was met with rapid backlash so he apologized, however the harm had been performed.
In Feb. 2021, Chris confirmed he would be “stepping aside” from the franchise. He was replaced by Emmanuel Acho as host of After the Closing Rose on season 25 of The Bachelor, which aired in March 2021. Chris additionally did not come back for season 17 of The Bachelorette, which premiered in June 2021. There, he was changed by Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams. In March 2021, Chris apologized for his actions in an interview with Good Morning America‘s Michael Strahan. “I’m an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I personal that,” Chris stated. “I consider that mistake doesn’t mirror who I’m or what I stand for. I’m dedicated to progress, not only for myself, additionally for the franchise.”
Chris’ permanent exit from the franchise was introduced on June 8, 2021. “I’ve had a really unbelievable run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start out a brand new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all the reminiscences we’ve made collectively. Whereas my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will final a lifetime,” he stated in an announcement on Instagram.
Will Chris Harrison Ever Return To Bachelor Nation?
Jesse Palmer at the moment serves because the host of all The Bachelor reveals. Jesse is a sportscaster and was the main man on season 5 of The Bachelor. In February 2023, stories surfaced that claimed ABC was trying into having Chris return because the host of the franchise amidst the reveals’ dipping scores. Chris addressed the rumor on the February 20 episode of his podcast, and stated he’d “by no means say by no means” to returning to his maintain job.
In March 2023, Rachel Lindsay claimed that Chris’ crew began the rumor that he was returning to the franchise. “I imply, he’s obtained a podcast to advertise, it’s one thing to speak about, you understand what I imply? she stated on Watch What Happens Live. “There’s no means,” she added of Chris allegedly being thought-about to return again. “They went by means of a lot with what was occurring with every thing and the fallout. There’s no means they’d have these conversations.”