Chris Harrison didn’t exit “The Bachelor” franchise with out a struggle, in line with a brand new report. Earlier this week, the veteran ABC host introduced his exit from the truth TV relationship franchise he hosted for practically 20 years, following the backlash he obtained for his protection of final season’s winner, Rachael Kirkconnell, and her involvement in an Old South antebellum-themed celebration when she was in faculty.
But Harrison’s announcement reportedly got here after cutthroat negotiations and alleged threats to reveal the soiled secrets and techniques behind the longtime franchise.
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Chris Harrison Allegedly Threatened ‘Bachelor’ Bosses
Harrison stepped away from “The Bachelor” as Matt James’ season was airing. He didn’t host the “After the Final Rose” particular, and he sat out the presently airing season of “The Bachelorette” starring Katie Thurston. As others crammed in for his internet hosting duties, Harrison was working behind the scenes—with a authorized staff headed by Los Angeles-based “tremendous lawyer” Bryan Freedman, according to Page Six.
Freedman has represented high-profile movie star purchasers together with Mariah Carey, Vin Diesel, Octavia Spencer, Bella Thorne, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr., and extra, per his agency’s website. He additionally represented “Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss prior to now.
With Freedman behind him, Harrison, who has “practically 20 years of dust” on the behind-the-scenes of the ABC relationship franchise, threatened to reveal secrets and techniques if he did not get a $25 million settlement.
“He is aware of lots about inappropriate conduct on set: fights between contestants, misbehavior together with use of unlawful substances whereas abroad and complaints from producers that have been allegedly brushed beneath the carpet by ABC execs,” an ABC insider instructed the outlet of Harrison. “He was prepared to inform the reality about how issues actually work over there — and he has loads of proof to again him up. Chris was making $5 million a season and needed $25 million to go.”
“Heated” negations went on for weeks earlier than Harrison was glad along with his settlement quantity.
Harrison Reportedly Partially Blames a ‘Good Morning America’ Host For His Demise
An insider additionally revealed that Harrison continues to be salty over feedback made about him by “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan in March and that he partly blames the previous “Live” co-host for his demise in Bachelor Nation.
After Harrison issued an apology for defending Kirkconnell’s conduct and stated he deliberate to return because the host of “The Bachelor” franchise, Strahan referred to as it a “floor” apology and hinted that Harrison simply issued a superficial response as a result of he “desires to obviously keep on the show,” per People.
“Chris was not pleased with that Strahan interview and the best way it went down,” an insider instructed Page Six. “He was not pleased with Strahan’s remark on the finish of the interview, that it was a ‘floor’ apology. He felt indignant and that Strahan made a nasty scenario even worse.”
There has not been a everlasting alternative host introduced for “The Bachelor” because it heads into its 20th anniversary yr, however fill-in hosts have included Emmanuel Acho, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Tayshia Adams.
For the upcoming season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, Lil Jon, and David Spade will seem as rotating hosts, in line withVariety.
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