Chris Harrison Hires Attorney Amid ‘Bachelor’ Racism Controversy, Same Lawyer Represented Gabrielle Union During ‘AGT’ Dispute
Chris Harrison has lawyered up as he faces criticism and uncertainty concerning his role as the long-running host of ABC’s The Bachelor.
Chris Harrison stepped away from the show after defending Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell for attending an antebellum-themed party in 2018.
At the time he announced his departure, he said he planned on returning.
“I plan to be back and I want to be back. This interview is not the finish line, there is much more work to be done and I am excited to be a part of that change.”
He also issued an apology.
“I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay. I didn’t speak from my heart, and that is to say I stand against all forms of racism and I am deeply sorry. I talked to Rachel, not since she deactivated her Instagram account, but I talked with Rachel initially, and I apologized and I want to do so again: I am incredibly sorry. To anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It is unacceptable”
Now, he’s hired Bryan Freedman, the same attorney who represented Gabrielle Union during her ordeal with NBC. Gabrielle Union took issue with the network after it fired her following her first season of judging America’s Got Talent.
She alleged that she experienced racism, a toxic work environment, and was told her hair was “too wild.”
That case was ultimately settled.
It’s not clear what Chris Harrison’s future with The Bachelor franchise is. Former Bachlorette stars Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe have been selected as the hosts for the upcming season of the female-starred show.
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