Bittersweet farewell. Bachelor Nation Colton Underwood, Sean Lowe and JoJo Fletcher are just a few of The bachelor Alums ring out Chris Harrison‘s exit from the franchise.
Us weekly confirmed Harrison’s final departure as longtime host of the Bachelor Nation on Tuesday, June 8, hours after Katie ThurstonSeason 17 Bachelorette Premiere on Monday June 7th.
“Chris Harrison will host The bachelor Franchise, ”said ABC Entertainment Entertainment Us in a statement at the time. “We are grateful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new path.”
Us confirmed the details of The story of Harrison struck an eight-digit deal with ABC on Monday after being temporarily on leave following his controversial comments on Season 25 Bachelor Participants (and winners) Rachael Kirkconnell made headlines earlier this year.
The 49-year-old TV presenter later confirmed his departure Tuesday and shared a statement of his own on social media.
“I had a really incredible run hosting The bachelor Franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter, ”Harrison wrote on Instagram. “I am so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we made together. As my two-decade journey comes to an end, the friendships I have made will last for a lifetime. “
The news comes after the Texas native made waves when he asked for “sympathy” for Kirkconnell, 24, in February after her racially insensitive social media activities resurfaced. Both Harrison and the graphic designer apologized twice for what they said and that Perfect letter Author took a break as a franchise host for Matt James’ After the last rose Special that aired in March.
It later became known that former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe would co-host. take The Bachelorette for season 17, while celebrities hosted season 7 of Bachelor in paradise.
Despite his absence from the ABC dating series, Harrison announced in March that he intended to return to his role at some point.
“I plan to be back and I want to be back. And I think this franchise can be an important beacon for change. I know that change is not only perceived by me, but by many others, ”he said during an appearance at Good morning America. “And we’re excited and ready to do the work to show that progress. This interview isn’t the finish line. Its a lot to do. And I am happy to be part of this change. “
Us Exclusive earlier this month revealed that Harrison would most likely not be returning to the host Michelle YoungSeason 18 of The Bachelorette.
James, 29, and Kirkconnell revived their romance in May after briefly splitting up during the controversy.
Scroll down to see which Bachelor Nation stars wished Harrison well after his departure: