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Chris Harrison On Leaving The Bachelor

Bachelor Nation is going through many changes right now. Long-time host Chris Harrison is officially leaving The Bachelor franchise just as a new season of The Bachelorette is starting. After hosting The Bachelor and other spin-offs for many years, the host is permanently departing.

Here is the scoop on Chris Harrison leaving Bachelor Nation!

Chris Harrison Breaks His Silence

(ABC/Craig Sjodin) CHRIS HARRISON

On Monday June 7, The Bachelorette season 17 premiere aired starring Katie Thurston. However, instead of Chris Harrison, the shows hosts are former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday June 8, Harrison says goodbye to The Bachelor franchise. Posting a photo of himself hosting the show, he writes, “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.”

Chris Harrison continues saying, “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”

Fans commented their love and support for him. Kaitlyn Bristowe also shared her thoughts writing, “You are truly irreplaceable as a host, thank you for all the years you put into this show and making it what it is. No one does it quite like Mr. Chris Harrison.”

Harrison’s announcement comes only hours after rumors of his official departure began circulating.

What is Next For The Bachelor?

(ABC/Craig Sjodin) CHRIS HARRISON

Bachelor Nation has been going through changes since the premiere of Matt James’ season of The Bachelor. During the season, racially insensitive photos of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell gained attention.

Former Bachelorette star Rachael Lindsay and Chris Harrison discussed the controversial situation in an interview where Harrison reportedly defended Kirkconnell. Following backlash from fans, Harrison stepped down as host but he maintained an interest in returning.

In the meantime, Tayshia and Kaitlyn stepped in to host The Bachelorette, and comedian David Spade is one of several guest hosts for the new season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Then news broke that Harrison got an eight-figure settlement for leaving the show. So while there are some plans for the future of The Bachelor franchise, fans still do not know who will permanently replace Harrison.

With Chris Harrison officially leaving Bachelor Nation, fans are curious to know what is next for the franchise. Who would you like to see replace him as host? Comment below!

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