Is ‘The Bachelor’ on Tonight (2/15/2021) After Chris Harrison Stepped Down?

Is The Bachelor on tonight, Feb. 15, 2021? Fans are worried after Chris Harrison announced he would step down for the remainder of Matt James’ season. No new trailers are out for the next episode, so viewers want to know if the show is airing on ABC tonight.

Matt James and Chris Harrison on tonight's episode of The Bachelor
‘The Bachelor’ episode 7 with lead Matt James and host Chris Harrison | Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

‘The Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison stepped down

On Feb. 10, 2021, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison came under fire after defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. The woman still vying for Matt James’ heart went to an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018. Harrison called out “cancel culture” instead of racism when speaking about the party to Rachel Lindsay. He apologized after the interview and added that he is stepping aside from the show for an undetermined amount of time.

The Bachelorette Season 13 lead Rachel Lindsay with host Chris Harrison
‘The Bachelorette’ Season 13 lead Rachel Lindsay with host Chris Harrison | Randy Holmes via Getty Images

“This historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the ‘After the Final Rose’ special.” 

He also added that he plans to take this time to educate himself on racism.

“I am dedicated to getting education on a more profound and productive level than ever before,” he continued. “I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues, and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day.”

Is ‘The Bachelor’ on tonight, Feb. 15, 2021?

No new trailers for The Bachelor episode 7 are on the show’s social media accounts. They typically share clips and teasers leading up to the episode. However, with the controversy surrounding Harrison, nothing new was shared about the upcoming episode. 

However, ABC did post the new trailer on YouTube on Feb. 9, 2021. The preview does not include Chris Harrison except for a voiceover at the end of the clip. 

The Bachelor is still scheduled to air tonight, Feb. 15, 2021. 

“With hometowns on the horizon, Matt and the remaining women all take a serious look at their potential future together, resulting in more than a few difficult decisions,” reads the press release. “Former cast member Heather Martin isnt the only source of drama during this jam-packed week that includes two one-on-one dates, a group date, two rose ceremonies and a performance by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Aloe Blacc.”

Will ABC edit out footage of Chris Harrison for tonight’s episode of ‘The Bachelor’?

There are several possible reasons why The Bachelor social media accounts haven’t posted any teaser clips. Rather than highlight the new episode, they want to focus on the positive change they hope to create by having Harrison step down. 

The Bachelor lead Matt James on tonight's episode
‘The Bachelor’ lead Matt James on Episode 7 | Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

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It is also possible that the producers need to edit out footage of Chris Harrison in tonight’s episode. Although the host indicated he is stepping down, the episode for tonight was already filmed. In episode 7, Harrison joins Matt James for his one-on-one date with Jessenia. There are numerous photos of the host with the lead. Will ABC edit out all footage with Harrison? Viewers will have to wait to find out when the episode airs at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.