The Bachelor host to step aside over controversial remarks

Move is temporary, but no timeline for Harrison's return to show
Posted at 8:32 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 20:32:24-05

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Chris Harrison, host of ABC's The Bachelor, is stepping aside for an undetermined amount of time.

The long-time host acknowledges making racially insensitive remarks in defense of a contestant named Rachael Kirkconnell.

Harrison doesn't want his actions to detract from the historic 25th season of the show, which is the first to star a black bachelor, Matt James.

In old social media posts, Kirkconnell was photographed dressed as a native american and attending a pre-civil war plantation-themed party.

While Harrison initially criticized the controversy as "cancel culture," he later apologized for appearing to defend racism.

Harrison says he won't appear in the traditional After the Rose Special, but it's not clear how long he'll be off the popular show as host.