Rachel Lindsay ‘wasn’t expecting’ Chris Harrison to leave ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

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According to People, Lindsay talked Tuesday to her “Further” colleague Billy Bush on their present and stated “I wasn’t anticipating for it to occur, not after the announcement.”

“I believe a number of previous contestants coming ahead and saying they did not need him to be a part of Paradise. I believe Katie Thurston [the current Bachelorette] her final tweet earlier than she went to movie her season was that Chris wanted to step away,” Lindsay stated. “I believe that, coupled with the interview that occurred on this very stage, possibly led to him not coming again.”

Chris Harrison is leaving 'The Bachelor' franchise for good

The present’s producer and distributor Warner Horizon and ABC Leisure confirmed to CNN Tuesday in a joint assertion that the longtime “Bachelor” franchise host was exiting the reveals, which he had hosted since 2002.

“Chris Harrison is stepping apart as host of The Bachelor franchise,” the assertion learn. “We’re grateful for his many contributions over the previous 20 years and want him all the perfect on his new journey.”

Harrison introduced in February that he was “stepping apart” after being interviewed by Lindsay, who’s a present “Further” host and former star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette.”

Throughout that interview he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a “Bachelor” contestant who was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.

These racially insensitive feedback precipitated a firestorm and Harrison apologized at the time.
On Tuesday he posted a farewell on his verified Instagram account, writing within the caption, “I’ve had a very unbelievable run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I am excited to start out a brand new chapter.”

“I am so grateful to Bachelor Nation for the entire reminiscences we have made collectively,” he wrote. “Whereas my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will final a lifetime.”

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