Chris Harrison exits ‘The Bachelor’ franchise after racism controversy

Harrison stepped aside from his role in February after defending a contestant who was shown in past photos attending an antebellum plantation-themed party.

Chris Harrison is permanently exiting ABC’s reality dating series “The Bachelor” after coming under fire earlier this year for defending a contestant’s past racist behavior.

“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise. We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey,” Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a statement sent to NBC News on Tuesday.

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