The Bachelor's Chris Harrison permanently stepping down as host after controversy

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Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

Chris Harrison has stepped down as the host of US reality show The Bachelor after 19 years.

A joint statement from Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment to Digital Spy read: "Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise.

"We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey."

Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

Harrison's departure was first reported by Deadline, who said that he will receive a 'mid-range eight-figure payoff' following his exit.

The presenter stepped aside from the ABC reality show in February after facing backlash when he 'defended' contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after she was accused of past racially insensitive behaviour.

Kirkconnell was a contestant on the show's 25th season which featured Matt James as the first-ever Black Bachelor. She would go on to be the recipient of James' Final Rose.

Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

Harrison did not come back to host the season's After the Final Rose episode. However, when the episode aired, Harrison was still featured in voiceovers and promos for upcoming segments.

He was also replaced as the host for The Bachelorette's 17th season, which premiered earlier this week.

The season is being hosted by former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, while Bachelor in Paradise 2021 will feature a number of guest hosts including David Spade.

The Bachelor season 25 is available to stream and download exclusively on hayu in the UK and Ireland now.

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