Rachel Lindsay shut down rumors that ABC was considering bringing back Chris Harrison as host of The Bachelor franchise after his controversial exit. The rumors were speculated to be started by his own team, promoting his new podcast. ABC has already replaced Harrison with Kaitlyn Bristowe, Tayshia Adams, and Jesse Palmer as hosts of the franchise’s shows.
Rachel Lindsay denied rumors that ABC was considering bringing back Chris Harrison as host of The Bachelor franchise after his controversial exit.
Rachel Lindsay, the former Bachelorette star, has denied rumors that ABC is considering bringing back Chris Harrison as the host of The Bachelor franchise. During a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Lindsay responded to a question from a fan about Harrison’s potential return, stating that “they went through so much with what was going on with everything and the fallout. There’s no way they would have those conversations.” Rumors of Harrison’s return came after he launched his podcast, The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever, earlier this year.
Harrison was let go from the Bachelor franchise in 2021 after he defended Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who was under fire for her involvement with a racially insensitive incident. Since then, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams have become hosts of The Bachelorette, while Jesse Palmer has taken on the role of the permanent host for season 26 of The Bachelor and beyond.
Despite rumors to the contrary, a source recently told Us Weekly that there is no truth to reports that ABC is considering bringing Harrison back to host The Bachelor franchise. In fact, Harrison himself had previously said that he believed such conversations had taken place within the company. He noted that with his new podcast and the positive response it has received, he would not be surprised if executives at ABC had discussed his potential return.
While it remains to be seen if Harrison will return to the Bachelor franchise as a host, new episodes of The Bachelor continue to air on ABC every Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, fans can catch Lindsay on her own podcast, Higher Learning, where she and co-host Van Lathan discuss social and cultural issues impacting the Black community.