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Chris Harrison, who stepped away from The Bachelor in February after an incident where the woke police came for Harrison’s head and resulted in the longtime host bending the knee and apologizing to the woke police, announced Tuesday that he’s left the show for good and will not be returning. Harrison said in an Instagram post that he’s “excited to start a new chapter.”
And with that, Harrison’s Bachelor run, which started in 2002, was over. Deadline.com reports Harrison will receive a “mid-range eight-figure payoff” to go away quietly and accept his exit. Why pay Harrison to keep quiet? Deadline reports that Harrison’s lawyer had been threatening lawsuits against the franchise that would reveal secrets behind the show.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise. We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey,” ABC Entertainment said in a statement released to NBC News.
The woke police came after Harrison when he defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after photos of her at a 2018 Old South Antebellum Ball were posted online.
Here’s what Harrison said to Bachelorette contestant Rachel Lindsay during an ‘Extra’ interview that set off the woke police:
“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it, and this is where we need to have a little grace…because I have seen some stuff online—this judge, jury, executioner thing—where they’re just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into her parents and her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this. I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet, and until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this? I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago, and that’s it.
“Is it a good look in 2018 or is it not a good look in 2021, because there’s a big difference. I don’t disagree with you. You’re 100 percent right in 2021. That was not the case in 2018. I’m not defending Rachael—I just know that 50 million people who did that in 2018. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to.
“My guess? These girls got dressed and went to a party and had a great time. They were 18 years old. Does that make it okay? I don’t know, Rachel, you tell me…but where is this lens we’re holding up and was that lens available and were we all looking through it in 2018?’
That sent the wokes into a frenzy and would ultimately lead to Harrison bending the knee. “I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable,” Harrison wrote on Instagram, adding, “I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong. To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful.”
And now Harrison has reportedly turned all of this into a mid-range eight-figure keep quiet deal with the network. What a time to be alive.