It will be a summer entirely without Chris Harrison on ABC, as the longtime face of the Bachelor franchise will sit down to host the upcoming seventh season of Bachelor in Paradise.
According to our sister site Variety, Harrison will be replaced in Season 7 by a rotating roster of famous guests, including comedian David Spade. The new season of Bachelor in Paradise (premieres Monday August 16) immediately follows Season 17 of The Bachelorette (premieres Monday June 7), which will be hosted by franchise alumni Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams instead of Harrison.
A representative of Warner Bros. TV declined to comment on the fate of Harrison Bachelor in Paradise. When the show’s return date was announced in April, an ABC spokesperson simply said, “We’ll share more details on Bachelor in Paradise at a later date.”
Harrison’s stint as host of the Bachelor franchise was put in jeopardy in February, when photos of then-baccalaureate candidate Rachael Kirkconnell at an Antebellum party surfaced on social media. Harrison initially defended Kirkconnell’s appearance at the party, despite his perpetuation of racist stereotypes, then backtracked on his comments and opted out of the rest of that Bachelor season with Matt James.
But despite his upcoming absences from The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, Harrison hinted in a Good Morning America interview in March that he hoped to return to the franchise in the long term.
“I am an imperfect man. I made a mistake, and I admit it, “he told Michael Strahan at the time.” I believe this mistake does not reflect who I am or what I represent. I am determined to move forward. , not just for myself, but also for the franchise. ”
After revealing that he worked with a racial educator and strategist, as well as religious leaders and academics, Harrison questioned if he was the right person to represent the Bachelor franchise in the future, adding: “I plan to come back and I want to come back. This interview is not the finish line. There is still a lot of work to be done and I am delighted to be a part of this change. “