Chris Harrison’s temporary leave from The Bachelor franchise will continue as it has been revealed that the longtime host will not return to host Season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise.
According to Variety, the hosting role will be filled by celebrity comedians – including David Spade – who will serve as guest hosts in Chris’ absence.
This news comes months after Chris stated he was “stepping aside” temporarily from the franchise following a heap of controversy surrounding comments he made during an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. During the interview, Chris defended ‘Bachelor’ contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after she had been labelled racist due to the resurfacing of questionable photos.
ABC and Warner Bros. TV did not comment on Chris regarding his future with ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ or ‘The Bachelor’ franchise. However, ABC did announce in March that the upcoming season of ‘The Bachelorette’ (with Katie Thurston) will be co-hosted by former ‘Bachelorettes’ Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
Sources say that viewer reaction to the upcoming season of ‘The Bachelorette’ could help determine the longtime host’s fate, Variety reports, while two separate sources claims it’s highly unlikely that he will return to host Michelle Young’s season of ‘The Bachelorette,’ which is set to air this fall. If he does make a comeback to the franchise, it would reportedly not be until Season 26 of ‘The Bachelor,’ airing in January 2022.
During a March interview on Good Morning America, Chris stated that he wants to return to the franchise and intends to do so.
“I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for,” he told ‘GMA’ host Michael Strahan. “I am committed to the progress, not just for myself but also for the franchise, and this is a franchise that has been part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I love it.”
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