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Chris Harrison ‘stepping aside’ from ‘The Bachelor’ in wake of racism controversy

Chris Harrison
Chris Harrison presents the award for outstanding entertainment talk show host at the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center on Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Chris Harrison issued an apology and will be “stepping aside for a period of time” after “excusing historical racism.”   The longtime host has been under fire for his interview comments defending the racist actions of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. “This historic season should not be marred or overshadowed by mistakes or diminished by my actions,” Harrison said with the announcement. This year’s Bachelor lead Matt James is the first Black Bachelor in 25 seasons.  


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