The Bachelor: Chris Harrison ‘stepping aside’ from Matt James’ season

Chris HarrisonWhile Chris Harrison may still be a part of The Bachelor franchise moving forward, it looks as though change may be in order — at least for the remainder of Matt James’ season.

In a new post on Instagram, the show host makes it clear that he is “stepping aside” temporarily from the franchise, and will not be a part of the upcoming After the Final Rose event. Presumably the Women Tell All special has already been filmed, and that will go on as previously planned.

Want some more news on The Bachelor in video form? Then be sure to watch our latest episode review below! After you do this, subscribe to Matt & Jess on YouTube and then also view our show playlist.

So what does this departure stem from? It comes down to a recent interview Harrison gave to Extra with former contestant Rachel Lindsay, one where he discussed the offensive past actions of contestant/current frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell. Instead of taking the situation seriously, he downplayed it entirely:

 “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. I’ve seen some stuff online, again this ‘judge jury executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into her parents and her parents’ voting record … It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this.”

This comment led to an initial apology from Chris, which then led into the initial apology and the new statement below. Since the interview first happened, Rachel Lindsay has discussed stepping away from the franchise entirely (see her Higher Learning podcast with Van Lathan). A number of other past and current contestants (including Matt James) have come out in support of Lindsay. Chris claims that he does not want to be a distraction to the remainder of the season, but the issue is this: If Rachael does make it to the end, the distraction will still very much be there.

What do you think about Chris Harrison temporarily stepping away from The Bachelor?

Be sure to share right now in the comments! After you do this, come back around to ensure you don’t miss any other news. (Photo: ABC.)

This article was written by Jessica Carter. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison)

Love TV? Be sure to like Matt & Jess on Facebook for more updates!