Bachelor Nation’s , Colton Underwood and Sean Lowe are just a few of JoJo Fletcher alums sounding off on The Bachelor ’s exit from the franchise. Chris Harrison
Us Weekly confirmed Harrison’s permanent departure as the longtime Bachelor Nation host on Tuesday, June 8, hours after ’s Katie Thurston season 17 on Monday, June 7. Bachelorette premiere
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of
The Bachelor franchise,” ABC Entertainment told Us in a statement at the time. “We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”
Us confirmed the details of Deadline’s story, which stated that Harrison reached an eight-figure settlement with ABC on Monday, following his temporary leave of absence after his controversial comments about season 25 Bachelor contestant (and winner) made headlines earlier this year. Rachael Kirkconnell
The TV host, 49, later
confirmed his departure on Tuesday, sharing a statement of his own via social media.
“I’ve had a truly incredible
run as host of and now I’m excited to start a new chapter,” Harrison wrote via Instagram. “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.” The Bachelor franchise
The news comes after
the Texas native made waves when he asked for “compassion” for Kirkconnell, 24, in February after her racially insensitive social media activity resurfaced. Both Harrison and the graphic designer apologized for their remarks twice and the as the franchise host for Perfect Letter author took a hiatus ’ Matt James After the Final Rose special, which aired in March.
It was later announced that former Bachelorettes
and Tayshia Adams would take over as the cohosts of Kaitlyn Bristowe for season 17, while The Bachelorette celebrities would rotate in as the hosts for season 7 of . Bachelor in Paradise
Despite his absence from the ABC dating series, Harrison revealed in March that
he intended to return to his role somewhere down the line.
“I plan to be back and I want to be back. And I think this franchise can be an important beacon of change. I know that change is felt, not just by me, but by many others,” he said during an appearance on
Good Morning America. “And we are excited and willing to do the work to show that progress. 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.”
Us exclusively revealed earlier this month that Harrison would most likely not return to host of Michelle Young’s season 18 The Bachelorette.
James, 29, and Kirkconnell, meanwhile,
rekindled their romance in May after splitting for a brief period of time amid the controversy.
Scroll down to see which stars from Bachelor Nation wished Harrison well after his departure:
“You are incredible Harrison. What a loss for the show. Many people won’t be watching anymore. Myself included,” the
Bachelor season 15 contestant wrote via Instagram. “One thing I know is that you will rise above all of this! Can’t wait to see what is next for you! I am proud to call you my friend.❤️.”
The season 2
Bachelor in Paradise alum responded: “Won’t be the same with you!”
“You are truly irreplaceable as a host, thank you for all the years you put into this show and making it what it is,” season 11 Bachelorette and season 17
Bachelorette host, wrote via social media. “No one does it quite like Mr. Chris Harrison.”
“Wishing you the best in your next chapters, Chris. So much love 💖,” the season 14 Bachelorette commented.
“Congrats on the run buddy. The general public doesn’t have any idea how much you helped us cast members deal with the behind the scenes of the TV world,” the season 13 Bachelor wrote via Instagram. “Looking forward to seeing you soon.”
The season 9 Bachelorette wrote: “Wishing you the best in your next chapter!❤️.”
“It will never be the same. Truly the end of an era,” the
Bachelor Winter Games alum replied. “Thank you for all the years of hard work and love you put into the show. I have a lump in my throat writing this. Can’t wait to see your next move. I love you.”
Lesley Anne Murphy
“Love you, Chris❤️Won’t be the same without you,” Murphy, who competed on Lowe’s season of the ABC dating series, wrote. “Cheers to all you’ve accomplished thus far and excited to see what’s next. Wherever and whoever it’s with, they’ll be lucky to have you!”
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“It will never be the same. Love you buddy,” the season 17 Bachelor, 37, replied to Harrison’s confirmation post.
“Love you @chrisbharrison❤️ you have a lot to be proud about. Can’t wait to support you in your next endeavors :),” the
Bachelor season 17 winner wrote via Instagram.
“Can’t wait to tee it up with you soon 🏌🏼♂️ Looking forward to what’s next for you 👌🏼,” the
Bachelor in Paradise alum, who wed costar in May, replied. Raven Gates
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Arie Luyendyk Jr.
“Love you brotha. On to bigger and better things,” the season 22 Bachelor wrote via social media.
The season 9
Bachelor contestant replied to Harrison’s post, writing, “Thank you for the memories.”
“8 figures good lord,” the
Bachelor in Paradise alum, 26, tweeted in reference to Harrison’s payout.
“I hope you were on a yacht in the South of France when you wrote this. You deserve it!” the season 8 Bachelorette commented. “Can’t wait to see what’s next and sending you a big hug ❤️❤️❤️.”
“The OG icon 🙏🏻 we love ya brother,” the
Bachelor Winter Games alum, 37, replied.
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“Grade A human being,” the season 23 Bachelor wrote via his Instagram Story. “Thank you for being a friend, a stand-up guy and a hell of a host. Can’t wait to see what you do next!”
You will be missed Chris!❤️” Flanagan, 29, who appeared on
’s season, replied. Peter Weber
“Can’t wait to see what you do next brother @chrisbharrison,” the
Bachelorette season 4 contestant wrote via social media.
“Love you my friend❤️,” the season 12 Bachelorette wrote via Instagram.
“❤️ You,” Rosenbaum, 44, who won
’s season 7 of Ashley Hebert The Bachelorette, replied.
“Thanks for all the memories Chris. For me you were always a familiar and comforting presence over my last 10 years of being part of this franchise,” the
Bachelor Pad alum, 34, wrote. “Thanks for being a friend and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do next 💪.”