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This article has been updated to reflect Chris Harrison’s statement. “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter,” he wrote. Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

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Tags: Hours after the news broke, Harrison posted a statement on his social media pages to confirm his departure from Bachelor Nation. Despite numerous apologies and attempts at damage control, the franchise put Harrison on a hosting hiatus, with former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe co-hosting the current Bachelorette season and David Spade filling in for Bachelor in Paradise. Harrison had been the host of every Bachelor, Bachelorette, and spinoff series since its inaugural season in 2002, until a February Extra interview with former Bachelorette lead Rachel Lindsay altered the course of his career: In the interview, Harrison defended the prior racist behavior of Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and excused historical racism. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.” Several prominent alums commented with well-wishes, which include Colton Underwood, JoJo Fletcher, Ashley Iaconetti, Becca Kufrin, and current co-host Bristowe. Long-standing Bachelor and Bachelorette host Chris Harrison has permanently exited the franchise, months after he became embroiled in a racism controversy that tarnished his goodwill among viewers. Deadline reports that Harrison received a “mid-range eight-figure payoff” from the franchise, which comes with the “promise to keep his mouth shut” from a confidentiality settlement.