Chris Harrison Criticizes ‘The Bachelor’ As ‘Toxic’ Two Years After Racism Scandal


Former host of ‘The Bachelor’, Chris Harrison, has spoken out against the show, labeling it as ‘toxic’, marking two years since his departure from the program due to a racism controversy.

Key Takeaway

Chris Harrison, former host of ‘The Bachelor’, has labeled the show as ‘toxic’ as he reflects on the events that led to his departure two years ago, following a racism controversy.

Backlash Over Defending Rachael Kirkconnell

Harrison faced severe criticism after he defended former ‘Bachelor’ contestant Rachael Kirkconnell for her attendance at a plantation-themed event during her college years. The fallout from this incident was tumultuous, with Harrison expressing that he wouldn’t wish a similar experience on his worst enemy.

Departure from ‘The Bachelor’

During an appearance on Jason Tartick‘s “Trading Secrets” podcast, Harrison revealed that he initially believed the situation could be resolved with the show’s executives. However, as things escalated, he realized that removing himself from the situation was necessary.

For Harrison, leaving the show he had hosted since 2002 was a bittersweet moment. Despite not feeling fully prepared to depart, he ultimately felt proud of his decision to step away.

Reflections on the Show

Harrison expressed that despite the circumstances, he harbors no ill will towards the show, acknowledging it as a significant blessing that transformed his life, particularly in financial terms.

Following Harrison’s exit, Jesse Palmer took over hosting duties. Meanwhile, Harrison found his own ‘happy ending’ by marrying ET host Lauren Zima in November.