Chris Harrison On Leave from ‘The Bachelor’ After ‘Excusing Racism’

Bachelor host Chris Harrison will be taking leave from The Bachelor after he publicly excused racism over the course of a live interview.

“By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was wrong,” he wrote via Instagram. “I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”
“After the Final Rose” is a live special which airs after the season finale. Season 17 of the show will begin filming soon — and after this, it’s uncertain as to who the host will be.

Over the course of an interview with Black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, he excused current “Bachelor” frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell’s alleged racism — in spite of her being pictured at a plantation party.
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