‘The Bachelorette’: Chris Harrison Might Not Be Back to Host Yet for This 1 Reason

Chris Harrison has been the host of The Bachelor since its series premiere in 2002. Harrison, the face of the franchise, has also served as host for spinoff shows The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. But after Harrison excused Rachael Kirkconnell’s racist social media past, he “stepped aside” from the franchise. For the first time ever, fans are wondering if ABC will hire a new person to guide the reality show. And now there’s one specific reason people don’t think Harrison will return so soon as a host on The Bachelorette.

Chris Harrison, host of 'The Bachelorette,' on set of 'The Bachelor' in the woods
Chris Harrison on ‘The Bachelor’ Season 25 | Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

Emmanuel Acho replaced Chris Harrison on ‘The Bachelor’

While Harrison stepping down was seemingly a temporary situation, sports broadcaster and author Emmanuel Acho is the new host for The Bachelor for now. The author replaced Harrison on “After the Final Rose.” Lindsay vocalized she wanted Acho to take the spot since he has a history of moderating difficult conversations surrounding race.

Fans have yet to see how Acho did while hosting the franchise for the first time. But if his YouTube channel series, “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” which has been viewed millions of times, is any indicator, he likely did a great job.

Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay’s interview has a long-term impact

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Harrison’s interview with Lindsay will have long-term consequences for the franchise. Due to his words exchanged with the former lead, he had to take a step aside from the ABC shows. Harrison, in an Instagram post, said he will “try and evolve and be a better man” moving forward.

“By excusing historical racism, I defended it,” Harrison said. “I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable.”

He continued: “I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”

Harrison’s fate on the show is yet to be determined, but his break from the franchise might be longer than anyone previously thought.

People think that Chris Harrison might not host ‘The Bachelorette’

The Bachelorette is filming in a few weeks, according to Reality Steve. And keeping to coronavirus safety precautions, the show is continuing to make the cast and crew quarantine before being in the “bachelor bubble.” But one person is missing from the reported quarantining: Harrison himself.

Sources revealed to TMZ that “the entire cast and crew arrived at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa — outside Albuquerque — for quarantine bubble time, but so far, Harrison’s not among them.”

The source continued: “Nobody knows for sure who will be hosting the show.”

Reportedly, the higher-ups at ABC want to see how fans react to Acho hosting “After the Final Rose.” His performance on the special episode might determine his length of stay in the franchise.

ABC has yet to make any announcements regarding a long-term replacement for Harrison. But if they are thinking of giving the coveted job to someone else, it’s likely a huge conversation behind-the-scenes.

The Bachelor finale airs on ABC on March 15 at 8 p.m. ET.