AceShowbiz - Rachel Lindsay and JoJo Fletcher have reacted to Chris Harrison's exit from "The Bachelor" franchise. While the attorney admitted that she was shocked upon hearing the TV host's announcement, the real estate agent showered him with love.
"I gotta say, I am [shocked]," Lindsay said when speaking to Billy Bush on "Extra" on Tuesday, June 8. "I wasn't expecting for it to happen, not after the announcement."
The lead of "The Bachelorette" season 13 noted that we can only "speculate" at the additional factors which prompted Harrison's exit. She added, "I think several past contestants coming forward and saying they didn't want him to be part of 'Paradise'. I think Katie Thurston, her very last tweet before she went to film her season was that Chris needed to step away."
Lindsay continued, "I think that, coupled with the interview that happened on this very stage, maybe led to him not coming back." The interview she was referring to took place in February, where Harrison defended Rachael Kirkconnell amid backlash over her past racist behavior.
Harrison, who was hosting the hit dating show for 19 years, went public with his exit via Instagram on Tuesday. "I've had a truly incredible run as host of 'The Bachelor' franchise and now I'm excited to start a new chapter," he declared. "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."
Harrison's post was met with supportive comments from many. One in particular was Fletcher who raved, "Love you my friend." Kaitlyn Bristowe, who has replaced him as the host of "The Bachelorette" along with Tayshia Adams, replied, "You are truly irreplaceable as a host, thank you for all the years you put into this show and making it what it is. No one does it quite like Mr. Chris Harrison."
Becca Kufrin also chimed in, "Wishing you the best in your next chapters, Chris. So much love." Sean Lowe, on the other hand, added, "It will never be the same. Love you buddy."