FILE – In this file photo dated April 29, 2018, Chris Harrison presents the Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host at the Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California. Harrison will not host the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette”. Following controversy over race-insensitive comments being replaced with two former candidates instead, ABC Entertainment and Warner Horizon said in a statement on Friday, March 12, 2021.


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Chris Harrison will not host the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette” after controversy over racially insensitive comments and will instead be replaced by two former candidates, ABC Entertainment and Warner Horizon said in a statement.

Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will take on hosting responsibilities for the show’s next season, the statement released late Friday said.

Harrison resigned from hosting The Bachelor in February after a controversy over an interview with Extra. He had defended the Bachelor candidate Rachael Kirkconnell after her racially insensitive behavior was accused in the past. Earlier photos of her reappeared, dressed as an Indian and at an antebellum plantation-themed ball.

Harrison had defended Kirkconnell during the interview against what he described on social media as the “police guard”. He later apologized for his comments, saying in a statement: “By apologizing historical racism, I was defending it.”

“We support Chris in his work,” said ABC and Warner Horizon on Friday. “As we continue the dialogue about greater equity and inclusion in the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, we aim to improve the BIPOC (black, indigenous and colored) representation of our crew.”