Thursday, May 30, 2024

Chris Harrison Still Being Punished by Bachelor Nation Even Though “Offended” Couple Got Back Together


Chris Harrison still being punished by the producers of “The Bachelor,” and for no reason now.

They just announced he won’t host this summer’s moronic series, “Bachelor in Paradise.” He also won’t host the next round of “The Bachelorette.”

Harrison is being penalized for being surprised and giving the wrong answers, live, to former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay during an interview on Extra. They were discussing pictures that had surfaced of “Bachelor” player Rachael Kirkconnell at a party on a restored Southern plantation. Kirkconnell was dressed for an Antebellum Ball.

At the time, The Bachelor was Matt James, the show’s first Black Bachelor. He was choosing her as his finalist. Harrison, flustered, defended Kirkconnell. Lindsay asked him, “What role do you think I would play at that party?” (She meant, slave.) Harrison equivocated, and imploded.

James broke up with Kirkconnell. There were a lot of tears and much anger. But he’s several lightbulbs short of a chandelier. So guess what? He’s back together with Kirkconnell! They’ve decided to put her ignorant, racist past behind them.

And Harrison? As Boris used to say to Natasha on “Rocky and Bullwinkle” after setting a bomb that backfires: “Who gets blown up? Me!”

At this point, “The Bachelor” execs should just reinstate Harrison, have him go on the air and talk about what happened and what he learned, and move forward. Instead, they’re going to torture the audience with David Spade, the obsequious and painful former “SNL” cast member, as host of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

I will never see it. It’s Yankees season, and even if it weren’t, I’d become a fly fisherman or something. Let’s call a Spade a Spade.

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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