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‘The Bachelor’: ABC Not Rushing to Name Chris Harrison’s Permanent Replacement (EXCLUSIVE)

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Elizabeth Wagmeister Senior CorrespondentIn a dramatic twist that rivals all on-screen antics from “The Bachelor,” Chris Harrison officially departed the hit dating franchise this week, after nearly 20 years as host of the series.As the face of “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and all of the other spinoffs within the ABC juggernaut, Harrison has hosted more than 50 seasons altogether, dating back to 2002.

But after making racially insensitive comments during a widely-panned interview where he defended a contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, who attended an antebellum-themed plantation party, Harrison became subject of a media firestorm that never went away.

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