Following a backlash over his interview, including from many Bachelor Nation stars, Harrison issued an apology, saying, “What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism.” But the backlash on social media continued, and a petition was also launched to push for him to be fired from the hosting job he’s held since The Bachelor debuted in 2002.
In his statement announcing his temporary departure from the franchise on Saturday, Harrison wrote, “By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”
A source tells E! News, “[Chris] will also appear at Women Tell All episode on March 1, which was pre-taped earlier this month in Los Angeles. The After the Final Rose special has not yet filmed, and additional details will be shared at a later date.”
Read Bachelor Nation stars’ responses to his latest statement and the entire controversy: