Monday, June 21

Sean, JoJo and More Bachelor Nation Stars React to Chris Harrison’s Exit


Bittersweet goodbye. Bachelor Nation’s Colton Underwood, Sean Lowe and JoJo Fletcher are just a few of The Bachelor alums sounding off on Chris Harrison’s exit from the franchise.

Us Weekly confirmed Harrison’s permanent departure as the longtime Bachelor Nation host on Tuesday, June 8, hours after Katie Thurston’s season 17 Bachelorette premiere on Monday, June 7.

“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) Rachael Kirkconnell made headlines earlier this year.

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 The Bachelor franchise 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 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 Perfect Letter author took a hiatus as the franchise host for Matt JamesAfter the Final Rose special, which aired in March.

It was later announced that former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe would take over as the cohosts of The Bachelorette for season 17, while 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 Michelle Young’s season 18 of 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:

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Michelle Money

“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.❤️.”

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Tanner Tolbert

The season 2 Bachelor in Paradise alum responded: “Won’t be the same with you!”

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Kaitlyn Bristowe

“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.”

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Becca Kufrin

“Wishing you the best in your next chapters, Chris. So much love 💖,” the season 14 Bachelorette commented.

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Jason Mesnick

“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.”

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Desiree Hartsock

The season 9 Bachelorette wrote: “Wishing you the best in your next chapter!❤️.” 

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Ashley Iaconetti

“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.”

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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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Sean Lowe

“It will never be the same. Love you buddy,” the season 17 Bachelor, 37, replied to Harrison’s confirmation post.

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Catherine Giudici

“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.

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Adam Gottschalk

“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 Raven Gates in May, replied.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr.

“Love you brotha. On to bigger and better things,” the season 22 Bachelor wrote via social media.

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Erica Rose

The season 9 Bachelor contestant replied to Harrison’s post, writing, “Thank you for the memories.”

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Dylan Barbour

“8 figures good lord,” the Bachelor in Paradise alum, 26, tweeted in reference to Harrison’s payout.

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Emily Maynard

“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 ❤️❤️❤️.”

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Kevin Wendt

“The OG icon 🙏🏻 we love ya brother,” the Bachelor Winter Games alum, 37, replied.

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Colton Underwood

“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!”

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Kelley Flanagan

You will be missed Chris!❤️” Flanagan, 29, who appeared on Peter Weber’s season, replied.

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Graham Bunn

“Can’t wait to see what you do next brother @chrisbharrison,” the Bachelorette season 4 contestant wrote via social media.

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JoJo Fletcher

“Love you my friend❤️,” the season 12 Bachelorette wrote via Instagram.

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J.P. Rosenbaum

“❤️ You,” Rosenbaum, 44, who won Ashley Hebert’s season 7 of The Bachelorette, replied.

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Chris Bukowski

“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 💪.”

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