June 3 (UPI) — Bachelor series host Chris Harrison will not be returning for Season 7 of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise, according to reports.
The new season of the spinoff series is set to premiere on Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. EDT. Harrison will be replaced by a selection of celebrity guests hosts including David Spade, Variety has reported, citing sources.
Harrison will also be absent from The Bachelorette Season 17, which premieres Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. Former contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will be serving as hosts of The Bachelorette Season 17.
Photos of Kirkconnell at an antebellum plantation-themed party and other racially insensitive posts had surfaced online. Harrison, in an interview with Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay on Extra, asked for “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” from the “woke police” for Kirkconnell.
Harrison later apologized for the comments.
“What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry,” he said at the time.