Bachelor fans want Chris Harrison to be replaced by Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher or Ben Higgins after 'racism' scandal

THE Bachelor fans are suggesting that a former star, like Rachel Linsday or JoJo Fletcher, take over from Chris Harrison as host.

The 49-year-old TV personality has come under fire recently after making “racist” comments.

Viewers slammed Chris after he defended Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and her actions while at college, including attending an "Old Plantation" party.

He later apologized for his hurtful words and revealed he was stepping away from the reality franchise for a bit and would not host the After the Final Rose special.

His decision came after viewers demanded the longtime host be fired and 25 women from the current season rallied together to also denounce the hosts’ stance.

Now, fans have some ideas about who should take his place as host, should Chris' departure from the Bachelor world become permanent.

Among the suggestions is Rachel Lindsay, the franchise's first black Bachelorette, who said she couldn’t “take it anymore” after seeing Chris’ comments “defending racism,” noting he didn’t apologize until he was faced with backlash.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “The only acceptable replacement for Chris Harrison is Rachel Lindsay. 

“And they need to pay her more than his current salary. And beg her to do the after the final rose.”

Another agreed with that suggestion, while adding a few others onto the list: “#TheBachelor Chris Harrison might be replaced as the franchise host. 

“Here is a list of people fans would like to see has his replacement: 1. Wells Adams 2. JoJo Fletcher 3. Nick Viall 4. Rachel Lindsay”

Despite many asking for Rachel to become the new host, she shared on her Higher Learning podcast that she wants to be done with it all.

The 35-year-old said she’s still "contractually bound in some ways” to the franchise but when it is up. "I am, too."

She admitted: ”I can't. I can't do it anymore.”

If the job opens up and isn’t filled by Rachel, fans would also like to see Ben Higgins take on the role, thinking he’d be a “solid replacement.”

JoJo Fletcher is also a frontrunner among viewers.

“Ok if chris harrison is stepping away, can we have jojo fletcher as the hostess for the shows please,” one requested.

Another tweeted: "honestly JoJo Fletcher should do it”

Wells Adams, Tayshia Adams, and Becca Kufrin were other suggestions tossed around.

Chris' original comments defending Rachael came after weeks of outrage over photos showing the current contestant attending an “Old South” plantation party in 2018.

Rachael was also alleged to have liked racist social media posts in the past.

The longtime host then posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram where he acknowledged that his “ignorance did damage to friends, colleagues and strangers alike."

Aside from leaving The Bachelor for a bit, he might also be fired soon from his Crest commercials.

A spokeswoman for Crest’s parent company, Procter & Gamble Co., revealed that they are unhappy with Chris’ comment and are considering firing him from future commercials with them.

“We are aware of the developments around Chris Harrison and his role as host of The Bachelor,” she said in a statement to AdAge. 

The spokeswoman continued: “We are in the process of gathering more information about these circumstances to determine our next steps. 

“We are deeply disappointed in his comments, which do not reflect our values.”

Chris had just filmed a new ad for Crest's Whitening Emulsions campaign with The Bachelor franchise.

It was originally set to air next month, but that's now up in the air.

Source: Read Full Article