Chris Harrison received a $9 million payout from ABC following his ‘Bachelor’ exit.
ABC has chosen not to cooperate with Chris Harrison.
Variety reported Friday that the longtime “Bachelor” host was paid $9 million in his exit from the franchise — despite having demanded a $25 million payout, as Page Six previously reported.
Variety revealed in a new report that Harrison was paid roughly $10 million for leaving the franchise after defending a former contestant’s past racist behavior. The sum was made up of a $9 million exit settlement and remaining contractual fees.
According to a source previously quoted by Page Six, the 49-year-old was prepared to spill the beans if the network did not pony up the cash.
Variety also reported that he signed a public statement about “amicable parting ways” as part of the agreement.
According to a source quoted by Page Six earlier this month, “Chris Harrison’s entire life revolved around ‘The Bachelor,’ and he was adamant about not letting go.” He is still very upset about leaving, and for weeks, there have been extremely difficult and heated negotiations.”
Harrison’s departure was announced in June, months after he defended “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s attendance at an Antebellum-themed college party. Though he was quick to apologize, Variety reported that he was unaware of the amount of “attention his response was garnering and was unaware of the potential for conflict with the television interview.”
He announced less than a week later that he was “resigning” from his hosting duties on the show. Following a swift backlash, ABC announced Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams as the new hosts for Katie Thurston’s season of the reality show. Page Six announced that their popular spinoff series “Bachelor in Paradise” would feature a rotating cast of celebrity hosts throughout the season.
Harrison hired power attorney Bryan Freeman ahead of his official exit from the series, Page Six exclusively reported. Additionally, Freeman represented Gabrielle Union in her legal battle with NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
Meanwhile, Kirkconnell apologized for her previous behavior and pleaded with her supporters to refrain from defending her.
“It is not our place to dictate to people what they may or may not be offended by. That is incorrect. And this is part of the issue. Therefore, please refrain from asserting that I committed no wrong. That is not the case,” she stated.