Chris Harrison Ready To Talk About 'Bachelor' Controversy, Hopes To 'Redeem Himself' During 'Good Morning America' Interview
It looks like Chris Harrison is ready to put himself in the hot seat.
After making headlines for defending Matt James' controversial contestant Rachael Kirkconnell — following the alleged racially charged photos of her that resurfaced online — Harrison is now ready to address the scandal head on during a Good Morning America interview.
Multiple sources connected to Good Morning America confirmed that the longtime host is booked to appear on the morning show in the near future. "Chris is speaking out about the controversy and wants to explain the actions he is putting forward to redeem himself," a source told E! News. "He wants to explain the work he's doing to help reconcile his actions."
News of Harrison's appearance comes after Emmanuel Acho was announced as the new host of the The Bachelor: After The Final Rose special.
As OK! recently reported, Acho — who has a popular YouTube series called Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man — insisted that he "must be allowed to ask anything he wants," during The Bachelor special. "He will be working with the show's great team, but there are no questions that are off the table," the OK! source dished. "Emmanuel doesn’t want to burn the show down, but at the same time, he has to ask uncomfortable questions that will make producers and fans squirm."
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Harrison came under fire last month following a shocking interview with Extra co-host and former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay — the first Black lead in Bachelor history — where he said Bachelor Nation should offer Kirkconnell, 24, a "little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion," after an alleged photo of her at a "Kappa Alpha Order 'Old South' formal, an antebellum plantation themed ball" in 2018 resurfaced on social media.
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After his defensive attitude during the interview sparked widespread criticism, leaving many appalled and infuriated, Harrison said he will step away from the franchise to "try to evolve and be a better man." He added that he's "dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before," while noting that his recent actions shouldn't overshadow the historic importance of James as the first Black male lead.
And while he hopes a candid interview might bring him back into Bachelor Nation's good graces, OK! exclusively learned that Bachelor fans and former contestants are urging producers to get rid of the 49-year-old for good.
"The producers are getting clobbered with calls for Chris’ removal as host and they are weighing that option,” the source dished, noting that his temporary removal from the franchise might not be enough to appease all those who were offended. "They may have no other choice but to replace him."