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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.

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