Chris Harrison is about to be in the spotlight once again!
The former face of Bachelor Nation parted ways with the ‘Bachelor’ franchise last year, following his controversial stance surrounding the public’s treatment of former ‘Bachelor’ contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
Harrison defended Kirkconnell after photos surfaced of Kirkconnell attending an antebellum south college fraternity party while the then-24-year-old was a contestant on Matt James’ season of “The Bachelor.”
Harrison’s defense of Kirkconnell had taken place during an early 2021 interview with Extra. The host of the interview? Rachel Lindsay, who at the time had been the only Black woman to ever lead “The Bachelorette.”
Following his exit from the franchise, Harrison apologized and issued a statement.
Former ‘Bachelor’ Jesse Palmer would eventually replace Harrison as a permanent host of the franchise. Former ‘Bachelorettes’ Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe split hosting duties before Palmer assumed the position.
Almost two years after Harrison’s hiatus from the franchise turned into an indefinite hiatus, he is making a return to the spotlight once again!
Chris Harrison Will Step Behind The Mic As A Podcast Host!
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Harrison, 51, took to his Instagram on Monday to announce “The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever.” The podcast will be released via iHeart.
Several members of Bachelor Nation were on hand to celebrate Harrison’s announcement in the comments section of his post.
Zac Clark, Adams’ ex-fiancé, commented “Yooooo. Legit. Congrats and keep going!”
Trista Sutter, “The Bachelorette”s first success story, wrote, “Love it!,” while Harrison’s fiancée, entertainment commentator Lauren Zima, commented several heart emojis.
The description of the podcast in Harrison’s caption seems to promise Bachelor Nation devotees will not be disappointed by its content!
“I’m excited to connect with you all once again,” Harrison wrote, “I love you all, and have missed you very much.” He also added, “It’s time we talk…”
Harrison Will Reportedly Open Up About His Exit From The Franchise
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Harrison was with Bachelor Nation from the franchise’s very beginnings. His time in Bachelor Nation stretched nearly two decades.
The former host will reportedly openly discuss the circumstances leading up to his highly-publicized exit on the podcast.
In a since-deleted Instagram post following his exit Harrison wrote, “My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues, and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. I set standards for myself, and have not met them. I feel that with every fiber of my being. By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.” (per The Blast)
The entertainer is not through discussing the matter.
The subject’s presence on the podcast was announced right off the bat. According to Variety, Harrison’s controversial exit from the franchise is discussed in the trailer for “The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever.”
“I have not spoken publicly for two years about this,” Harrison says, “and I have a lot of thoughts. I think about this every day, truly every day of my life, I think about this and what I want to say and how important it is that I speak to everyone for the first time. It’s heavy. It’s really heavy. We’ll see how it goes…”
Getting the chance to publicly tell his story for the first time is an experience Harrison is looking forward to.
“I think it will be cathartic,” he adds. “I’m looking forward to getting this off my shoulders and repairing this, moving forward and letting everybody hear from me.”
In his interview with Lindsay, Harrison claimed he was not defending Kirkconnell’s actions.
“Is it a good look in 2018 [when the photos were taken] or is it not a good look in 2021?” Harrison asked Lindsay. “I don’t disagree with you. You’re one hundred percent right… that was the case in 2018. Again I’m not defending Rachel. I just know, I don’t know, 50 million people did that in 2018,” he claimed.
Harrison apologized to Lindsay multiple times following the controversy.
Bachelor Nation will be able to hear the first episode of “The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever” on January 9th, 2023!