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Long time “Bachelor” franchise host Chris Harrison stepped down from his position and will be replaced on the next season of “The Bachelorette” by two former contestants. 

Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment made a statement on March 12 that Tayisha Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will take his place. 

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CONTROVERSY AND APOLOGY

Harrison has faced controversy over racially insensitive comments during Matt James season of “The Bachelor.” He defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell in an interview with Extra after her past actions were deemed discriminatory. 

Fans dug up photos of Kirkconnell dressed as a Native American, as well as attending an antebellum themed ball in college. 

Harrison called those accusing Kirkconnell of racist actions the “woke police.” However, he has since apologized. 

“What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry,” Harrison said in a statement

A MORE DIVERSE PERSPECTIVE

Warner and ABC’s statement says they support the work that Harrison is doing and they pledge to bring a more diverse perspective to “The Bachelor” franchise. 

“As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within ‘The Bachelor’ franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks,” the statement says.

“These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”

Written ByAshley Grams

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