Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“The Bachelor” Needs a New Job: Host Chris Harrison Out After 19 Years Over Racism Scandal


Chris Harrison does not get the final rose. He’s out as host of The Bachelor and its associated shows after 19 years.

Yes, 19 years. This nonsense has been on the air since 2002, believe it or not.

Harrison signs an NDA and gets an 8 figure settlement as parting gifts.

The ouster is a result of a disastrous interview Harrison gave to former “Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay on “Extra” in February. He blithely defended “Bachelor” competitor Rachael Kirkconnell after news broke that she’d attended a plantation party. Lindsay’s response to Harrison is what did him in. “What role would I have played at that party?” she asked. Lindsay is Black.

And that was it. Harrison was removed from the final episode of the season, then the upcoming “Bachelorette” shows and “Bachelor in Paradise.” He was completely cancelled.

The irony of course is that Kirkconnell, who was then dumped by prospective fiancee Matt James, who was also Black (she is white), has gotten back together with James. So he didn’t care that she came from an ignorant, racist background. But it killed Harrison’s career.

Harrison should be pretty rich from 19 seasons of this mindless crap anyway. His NDA may preclude a book, although who knows? These days, all bets are off.

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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