The show’s producer and distributor, Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment, confirmed to CNN on Tuesday in a joint statement that the longtime “Bachelor” franchise host is leaving the shows.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as the host of the undergraduate franchise,” the statement said. “We are grateful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new path.”
CNN asked Harrison for a comment.
During that interview, he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a “Bachelor” candidate who was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation fraternity party in 2018.
“I made a mistake and it’s mine,” said Harrison, who also said, “I plan to be back and I want to go back” on the show that made him famous.
Harrison has hosted “The Bachelor” and its various spin-offs since 2002.