Rachel Lindsay ‘wasn’t expecting’ Chris Harrison to leave ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

According to Individuals, Lindsay talked Tuesday to her “Extra” coworker Billy Bush on their program and stated “I wasn’t expecting for it to happen, not after the announcement.”

“I think several past contestants coming forward and saying they didn’t want him to be part of Paradise. I think Katie Thurston [the current Bachelorette] her very last tweet before she went to film her season was that Chris needed to step away,” Lindsay stated. “I think that, coupled with the interview that happened on this very stage, maybe led to him not coming back.”

Chris Harrison is leaving 'The Bachelor' franchise for good

The program’s manufacturer and supplier Warner Horizon and ABC Home entertainment verified to CNN Tuesday in a joint declaration that the longtime “Bachelor” franchise host was leaving the programs, which he had actually hosted considering that 2002.

“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise,” the declaration checked out. “We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”

Harrison revealed in February that he was “stepping aside” after being spoken with by Lindsay, who is an existing “Extra” host and previous star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette.”

Throughout that interview he safeguarded Rachael Kirkconnell, a “Bachelor” participant who was apparently photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity official in 2018.

Those racially insensitive remarks triggered a firestorm and Harrison asked forgiveness at the time.
On Tuesday he published a goodbye on his validated Instagram account, composing in the caption, “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.”

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

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.