“I think a lot of past competitors have come forward saying they don’t want it to be part of Paradise. I think Katie Thurston [the current Bachelorette] His last tweet before he went to the movie was that Chris should leave, “Lindsay said.” I think that, along with the interview that took place at this level, perhaps led him to not return. “
The show host and distributor Warner Horizon at ABC Entertainment confirmed CNN Tuesday in a joint statement that longtime guest “Bachelor” is leaving the show, which he has hosted since 2002.
“Chris Harrison is defending as a guest of the Bachelor’s title,” the statement read. “We are grateful for the many contributions he has made over the past 20 years and wish him the best in his new journey.”
Harrison announced in February that he was “leaving” when Lindsay interviewed him, who is currently supporting “Extra” and former star of 2017 “The Bachelorette.”
During the interview he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a “Bachelor” contestant who was featured in a drawing on the antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.
He wrote, “I am very grateful to the Bachelor Nation for all the memories we have had together,” he wrote. “Even though my 20-year journey is coming to an end, the friendship I formed will last a lifetime.”