After almost nineteen years of hosting The Bachelor, Chris Harrison is set to officially exit the franchise following a lot of controversies involving Rachael Kirkconnell.
This has, of course, come as a shock to many as Harrison has become the face of the reality show...
But it seems as if the host's mistakes have well and truly taught him a stern lesson.
This all started 4 months ago when Harrison temporarily stepped aside from the series following his defense of Rachael Kirkconnell.
Kirkconnell - who nabbed Matt James' final rose - faced controversy during her season after 2018 photos surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party along with disputed claims that she bullied people in high school for liking Black men.
Harrison rushed to Kirkconnell's defense by blaming the "woke police."
"The woke police is out there," he said during an interview with Rachel Lindsay, "And this poor girl Rachael, who has just been thrown to the lions, I don't know how you are equipped when you have never done this before, to be woke enough, to be eloquent enough, to be ready to handle this."
As backlash poured in, Harrison took to social media to apologize for "wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism."
"To my Bachelor Nation family - I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology," he wrote, "I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics which I should have been better informed."
Following his temporary departure, Emmanuel Acho stepped in to host the After the Final Rose special in March...
But it seems as if Harrison is set on not returning as Deadline has confirmed his leave is permanent.
According to the outlet, Harrison will allegedly receive an 8-figure settlement in exchange for not speaking out about his departure.
Of course, fans are stunned to learn that Harrison won't be returning to their screens...
I love Tayshia & Kaitlyn but not going to lie it’s already so weird without Chris Harrison #TheBachelorette— Julie Braden (@juliegracee51) June 8, 2021
Because nineteen years is a very long time to host a TV series!
What do you think about Harrison's departure from the show?