The drama continues with The Bachelor. Earlier this year, The Bachelor made history by selecting its first Black male lead, Matt James. That historical moment was short-lived when eventual winner Rachel Kirkconnell’s unsavory past when it comes to race resurfaced.
James eventually parted ways from Kirkconnell only to have a rather quick separation and reconciliation. News broke that the two were spotted in New York before being spotted in Los Angeles. The two officially acknowledged that they were reconnecting.
During the midst of this debacle, Chris Harrison had an interview with the first Black lead of The Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, who is now a correspondent and host on Extra.
It was at this moment Harrison made the mistake of taking up for Kirkconnell and offering empathy. Soon after, Harrison took a break from the franchise. Now Harrison has left the franchise permanently, Lindsay was asked about his departure.
As reported by BuzzFeed, “I wasn’t expecting for it to happen, not after the announcement,” Lindsay stated. It was reported that Harrison wanted a double-digit departing settlement to the tune of $25 million. However, sources have stated that Harrison did not receive anything close to his desired departure costs.
“I think several past contestants coming forward and saying they didn’t want him to be part of [Bachelor in] Paradise. I think [current ‘Bachelorette’] Katie Thurston, her very last tweet before she went to film her season was that Chris needed to step away,” Lindsay stated.
She then added, “I think that, coupled with the interview that happened on this very stage, maybe led to him not coming back.”