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Chris Harrison explains his silence amid 'Bachelor' storm and 2021 exit

Chris Harrison is giving his thoughts on the story of his public withdrawal fromThe Bachelor Franchise.

With the release of his new iHeart podcast

The most dramatic podcast ever… …with Chris Harrison , the TV personality spoke for the first time about his breakup from the show. The first two episodes of the podcast, released on January 9, also marked his return to the medium.

Harrison, in his first season of The Bachelor

, again Nor is there a return to the ABC reality dating juggernaut, explaining his silence amidst the storm that ultimately led to his early departure 2019. He tracks how events unfolded behind the scenes and how he was “counseled” to keep quiet in the press and on social media.

“The script has been thrown out the window,” he said of the Extra nearly two years ago. February 9 interview with former Bachelorette

star Rachel Lindsay . “The hardest thing for me is where to turn and what to do,” he said. “I’m sad. I’m devastated. I’m embarrassed. I’m mad at myself. I’m disappointed in myself.”

Adding, “I have an upset stomach. I lost lbs, I didn’t sleep. I didn’t eat.”

In Lindsay’s interview, Harrison didn’t Denouncing past allegations of racism against contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who would go on to win that season, of The Bachelor

The first black star, Matt James. (“Well, Rachel, does it look good in 60, or Not 2020 Does it look good? Because there is Big difference,” he said of Kirk Cornell’s protest at the university’s “Old South” antebellum party 50. “Never looked good,” replied Lindsay, who was The Bachelorette’s first black star. )

Harrison’s blunder comes at a pivotal time for the majority-white franchise, which has been criticized for mishandling black leads. This behavior by its host highlighted the lack of diversity among franchise decision makers at the time and ignited a firestorm for Warner Bros Television -Production series.

“I haven’t spoken publicly since I left the Bachelor

franchise,” he said. said, and an “unedited and unfiltered” explanation for not being offered earlier. “One thing I tried to make [in the infamous interview] but didn’t make eloquently is that people need time to think and process. … I want to walk away. Before I give this speech, I want to think, learn, To change and go through everything I’ve personally gone through.”

Harrison’s official decision to leave the franchise after hosting The Bachelor , The Bachelorette

and its various derivative series 19 years passed after weeks of failed apology tours and behind-the-scenes discussions that ultimately led to his ouster. The Hollywood Reporter reported at the time that Harrison left with a non-disclosure agreement and a sizable payday.

Harrison made several public apologies before making the decision. First, posted a statement on his Instagram (deleted) apologizing for “falsely speaking in a way that perpetuates racism.” Said: “I made a mistake and I will admit it, so I sincerely apologize here.” He then announced that he was leaving the franchise , so “ The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes, nor by my actions Damage.” Then he appeared on ABC News Good Morning America , in which he told Michael Strahan about the work he was doing and his plans to return: “I’m committed to improving, not just for myself, but for the team.” According to THR source, who turned out to be “the nail in the coffin, ” ).

“It’s messy, disappointing, and it’s not me,” he said of the original interview, while apologizing: “There’s nothing in my soul that would want to hurt Anyone, making you [the viewer] feel inferior, unseen, belittled, and marginalized in any way.”

But Harrison said Everything “comes out of control.” And no one behind the scenes was prepared to handle the reaction. “There are more shocking things happening in the world, a lot has happened, so people really don’t think it’s going to be a big deal, and if I apologize, we can move on,” he said. But “even after that apology, we were still at ground zero.”

He continued, “We made the decision ‘Okay, apology’, and I Did that too. Then, “Stop talking. ’ That’s what I was advised. I tentatively agreed. ‘Okay, this too shall pass. “We’ve been through things like this before, and this will pass. No big deal. But the voice, in this moment, doesn’t stop. This is where the playbook gets thrown out the window, and it’s something none of us are prepared for. , that’s what I wasn’t prepared for. Because all of a sudden, this moment and my name became synonymous with this moment of political lightning.”

Noting that he had a “destroying and the desire to cancel,” he said, “everyone was talking about me at that moment, and I wasn’t talking.” Wasn’t advised to do that.”

He said he knew certain actors whose agents called and asked for Harrison’s work in his absence. “There was blood in the water,” he said. In the meantime, he said he called actors, producers, executives and agents to check in, listen and talk. Harrison spoke with a crisis manager, but “none of them were prepared for this,” adding, “I’m also amazed at how many people reach out. It’s a strange thing to do.”

Harrison recalls paparazzi stalking him and his family and telling his journalist fiancée, Lauren Zima, As a result of this, Lauren Zima produced a podcast with Harrison and was a guest on the second episode of

. Every morning, they wake up to “new headlines, new podcasts, new actors saying something, and then it starts all over again.”

while noting that he now podcasts, like so many others in the franchise at the time, about the hypocritical nature of the legend, he added: “This is business, and this is what I signed up for.”

He went on to talk about the aftermath, “It’s Stranger Things

, the world is turned upside down. I attribute it to a lot thing. I think the timing is really important, right where we are in the world. We’ve all just come out of two years of being locked up [due to the pandemic] and I think we’re all angry and frustrated. And then in the culture There’s a lot of civil rights stuff going on in the world. There’s a lot of confusion, anger, resentment. It’s a very flammable moment. And I was sloppy, inappropriate, wrong timing in that moment, and that was my responsibility, Didn’t see it.”

Because of this interview, “I was in all of this. And I made things worse,” he said of the national focus on the ABC franchise. race issue said. “I lit up more than needed, and that was on me. Bringing it to my house? It was shameful. It just crushed me. In the back of my soul, I just felt sick.”

In a weekly podcast released Monday, Harrison said that in his nearly two decades on the show, he has never had a say in any behind-the-scenes decisions. “I’ve never been in the 20 years I hired or fired anyone there. I never edited the show…I didn’t cast. But I can’t excuse myself because you can’t just show up every day and make a big paycheck and say, ‘I’m not one of them It’s not fair. You either are or you aren’t.”

After Harrison resigned, ABC and producer Warner Horizons vowed to 4143343 Increases the diversity of the show’s protagonists and contestants and adds Jodi Baskerville as the series’ first ever First black executive producer. Bachelor season 25 Return in January 20. “We worked really hard to shift and change and get better. I like to think I’m a part of that,” Harrison said.

Finally, Harrison said he didn’t know how to solve the problem. He didn’t specify, saying only that he called “one night in particular.” “I went home and drew the line in the sand and that was it. That was my turning point. Time to take my life back. Time to go and get my life back. It was such a blessing.”

Of the whole humbling experience, he concluded, “I’m not proud of it failing, I’m not happy with how it went down. But I’m a faithful man.… …it has allowed me to live a better life with my children, to fall in love, to be engaged to the woman I love, to have a better life than I have ever had before.”

Now, Harrison says he’s not mad at the show. “The show changed my life. I am grateful to The Bachelor

and The Bachelorette, I Will be forever grateful … there was no hostility there,” he said.

While he hasn’t watched any episodes since he left, he’s watching the ratings. He said the hometown episode of James’ season was the last he watched in 2018, And the show has taken a “dramatic” turn and is going down” 60- 30 % of ratings. “When I left, it was still the number one show on TV,” he said.

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