“I see a lot of former contestants coming forward and saying they didn’t want her to be a part of Paradise. I think Katie Thurston [the current Bachelorette] His last tweet before he went to film his season was that Chris needed to walk away,” Lindsay said. “I think, with this onstage interview, he might not be back.”
The show’s producers and distributors Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment confirmed to CNN in a joint statement Tuesday that the longtime “Bachelor” franchise host was pulling out of the show, which he had hosted since 2002.
“Chris Harrison is stepping down as host of The Bachelor franchise,” the statement read. “We are grateful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him the best of luck on his new journey.”
Harrison announced in February that he was “stepping aside” after being interviewed by Lindsay, the current “Extra” host and former star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette.”
During that interview she defended “Bachelor” contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, who was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity ceremonial in 2018.
“I am so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all the memories we have created together,” he wrote. “While my two-decade journey is coming to an end, the friendships I have formed will last a lifetime.”