Four months after Chris Harrison decided to step back from The Bachelor franchise following controversial comments he made in an interview with former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, E! News confirms he will not return for Bachelor in Paradise season seven.
Instead, sources tell Variety he’ll be replaced by a rotating cast of guest hosts, which includes comedian and Bachelor superfan David Spade. Page Six also confirmed Spade will participate in the upcoming season, set to premiere Aug. 16 on ABC.
An insider close to Harrison tells E! News he was “disappointed” by the decision, explaining, “He’s been having conversations with his team and the studio and was hoping to be able to come back. He hopes his return will happen in 2022.”
For now, the source says Harrison plans on “focusing on his family and staying low-key” while living in Texas.
Harrison came under fire after he defended Rachael Kirkconnell—a contestant on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor and Matt’s current girlfriend—after photos of her attending an antebellum-themed party in 2018 resurfaced.