The show’s producer and distributor Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment confirmed to CNN Tuesday in a joint statement that the longtime “Bachelor” franchise host is exiting the show.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise,” the statement read. “We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”
CNN has reached out to reps for Harrison for comment.
During that interview he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a “Bachelor” contestant who was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.
“I made a mistake and I own that,” said Harrison, who also said, “I plan to be back and I want to be back” on the show which made him famous.
Harrison hosted “The Bachelor” and its various spinoffs since 2002.