According to the outlet, the 49-year-old big reportedly reached an eight-figure colony with ABC hours after Katie Thurston’s play 17 premiere of The Bachelorette connected Monday, June 7. The quality comes aft Harrison came nether occurrence successful February for his evident defence of arguable play 25 contestant (and eventual winner) Rachael Kirkconnell, who made headlines for her racially insensitive past.
“We each request to person a small grace, a small understanding, a small compassion,” Harrison told play 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay connected Extra astatine the time. “Who is Rachel Lindsay and who is Chris Harrison and who is immoderate woke constabulary idiosyncratic retired there, who are you [to archer her to talk out]? I’ve heard this a batch of, ‘I deliberation she should,’ ‘I deliberation helium should.’ Who the hellhole are you? Who are you that you request that?”
The Perfect Letter author, who has hosted The Bachelor and its assorted spinoffs since its 2002 premiere, subsequently apologized doubly via Instagram. After announcing plans to beryllium retired Matt James’ After the Final Rose, helium aboriginal appeared on Good Morning America and said helium wanted to instrumentality to the show.
“I americium an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I ain that,” helium said connected March 4. “I judge that mistake doesn’t bespeak who I americium oregon what I basal for. I americium committed to progress, not conscionable for myself, besides for the franchise. And this is simply a franchise that has been a portion of my beingness for the amended portion of 20 years and I emotion it.”
Harrison added astatine the time, “I program to beryllium backmost and I privation to beryllium back. And I deliberation this franchise tin beryllium an important beacon of change. I cognize that alteration is felt, not conscionable by me, but by galore others. And we are excited and consenting to bash the enactment to amusement that progress. This interrogation is not the decorativeness line. There is overmuch much enactment to beryllium done. And I americium excited to beryllium a portion of that change.”
Later that month, ABC announced former leads Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams would usher Thurston, 30, connected her play 17 journey, which kicked disconnected connected Monday. After the quality broke, Harrison hired Freedman & Taitelman’s Bryan J. Freedman, a high-profile lawyer who represented Gabrielle Union aft she was fto spell from America’s Got Talent successful 2019.
More recently, Us Weekly confirmed Harrison wasn’t going to beryllium part of the upcoming play 7 of Bachelor successful Paradise, with celebrities including David Spade rotating arsenic hosts. Us exclusively revealed earlier this period that it was improbable Harrison would instrumentality for Michelle Young’s play 18 of The Bachelorette.
James and Kirkconnell, meanwhile, got backmost unneurotic successful May aft breaking up amid the controversy.