Friday, June 14, 2024

Bachelor Nation Implodes: Host Chris Harrison Stepping Away from Show After Invoking “Historical Racism”


Chris Harrison is stepping away from The Bachelor on ABC. Now.

He announced it an hour ago on Instagram, admitting that he invoked “historical racism” when his interview on Extra with Rachel Lindsay went sideways.

Late yesterday Lindsay said when her contract was up with The Bachelor she was leaving.

Remember, “The Bachelor” that we’re seeing on the air was taped six weeks ago. So in real time, Harrison is not proceeding with live shows like “After the Rose,” coming up next week.To get the back story here, click on my story from yesterday. I would say Harrison’s goose is cooked, but look, Nick Cannon is back doing his thing. And Morgan Wallen’s fans haven’t cared about his scandal. So maybe Harrison will ride and come back in the next season. Anything is possible. I used to say “The Bachelor” and its ancillaries was just junk, the people weren’t very bright, and thought the undoing of it would be the contestants. But look how it’s opened this dialogue. If Harrison, the host, thought that plantation sorority parties were alright in 2018, imagine what the general public thinks. We haven’t made a lot of progress.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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