Chris Harrison Permanently Exiting 'Bachelor' Franchise

Chris Harrison's "Bachelor" exit is now official - and permanent.

Deadline reports that the host is officially stepping down from the franchise - for good - after nearly 20 years. He apparently reached a settlement with "Bachelor" producers and will receive a payout in the vicinity of 8 figures.

A formal announcement is expected later this week.

The news isn't particularly surprising, since Harrison was absent from hosting the most recent (and premiering this past Monday) season of "The Bachelorette", as well as absent from the upcoming new season of "Bachelor in Paradise."

Harrison exited the franchise - at that time, temporarily - in February, when he was in hot water after defending season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who was seen in photos at a 2018 Antebellum party. Harrison, later in an interview with franchise alum Rachel Lindsay, targeted "cancel culture", and suggested that her being at that party only looks bad "through a 2021 lens."

Harrison later apologized, saying he was "wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism", and then three days after that, announced he was stepping aside from the franchise.

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