Chris Harrison ‘demanded a $25m payout to leave The Bachelor’

Chris Harrison allegedly demanded a $25million payout to leave The Bachelor franchise – or else he would air 19 years of behind-the-scenes secrets in a slew of lawsuits against the its producers and executives.

Sources familiar with negotiations surrounding Harrison’s abrupt exit on Tuesday said ABC Studios had hoped the 49-year-old would leave ‘quickly and quietly’ amid backlash over comments he made defending a contestant who appeared in pictures at a plantation-themed fraternity party.

Instead, Harrison fought back.

‘He has nearly 20 years of dirt,’ an insider told Page Six. ‘Instead of handing them a rose, he was absolutely ready to hand them a lawsuit detailing all the behind-the-scenes details.

‘He knows a lot about inappropriate behavior on set: fights between contestants, misbehavior including [the] use of illegal substances while overseas and complaints from producers that were allegedly brushed under the carpet by ABC execs.’

Harrison's departure came after he faced intense backlash for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell (pictured) after photos emerged of her at a 2018 Old South plantation-themed fraternity formal

Chris Harrison officially left The Bachelor franchise on Tuesday, after serving as host for 19 years. His departure came after he faced intense backlash for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell (right) after photos emerged of her at a 2018 Old South plantation-themed fraternity formal

‘He was ready to tell the truth about how things really work over there, and he had plenty of evidence to back him up,’ the source continued.

‘Chris Harrison’s whole life was The Bachelor and he did not want to let go.

‘He still is really sad to leave, and there have been very tough and very heated negotiations going on for weeks.’

Harrison is now walking away from the franchise he has hosted for 19 years with a mid eight-figure payout, Deadline first reported Tuesday, although sources familiar with the negotiations said it is not as high as the $25million he demanded.

The payout came with a promise to ‘keep his mouth shut’, per Deadline.

Representing Harrison in the negotiations was prominent Los Angeles lawyer Bryan Freedman, who had previously represented The Bachelor creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss’ wife in their divorce when she claimed he was abusive.

Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, a former Miss America, later withdrew her complaint and received a $10million settlement.

‘Chris Harrison hired Bryan Freedman, who represented Mike Fleiss’ wife, which immediately set an aggressive playing field,’ a second source told Page Six. ‘It was a bunch of emotionally-charged men in a room who were not happy with each other at all.’

Harrison's departure allegedly followed weeks of intense negotiations with ABC Entertainment executives as he demanded a $25 million payout or he would reveal behind-the-scene secrets

Harrison’s departure allegedly followed weeks of intense negotiations with ABC Entertainment executives as he demanded a $25 million payout or he would reveal behind-the-scene secrets

Warner Media and ABC Entertainment confirmed Harrison’s departure in a statement after Deadline broke the news.

‘Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise,’ the producers told Fox News in a statement.

Harrison had hired prominent LA lawyer Bryan Freedman (pictured) to represent him in the negotiations

Harrison had hired prominent LA lawyer Bryan Freedman (pictured) to represent him in the negotiations

‘We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.’

Harrison – who served as the host of The Bachelor and its spinoffs, The Bachelorette and The Bachelor in Paradise, since 2002 – also wrote a goodbye post on his Instagram page.

‘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. ‘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.’

Former Bachelor Colton Underwood also shared his support for Harrison, posting a tribute to Harrison on his Instagram story and calling him a ‘Grade A human being.’

‘Thank you for being a friend, a stand up guy and a hell of a host,’ Underwood wrote. ‘Can’t wait to see what you do next.’

Former Bachelor Colton Underwood, right, posted a tribute to longtime host Chris Harrison, left, on Tuesday as he leaves the franchise after nearly 20 years

Former Bachelor Colton Underwood, right, posted a tribute to longtime host Chris Harrison, left, on Tuesday as he leaves the franchise after nearly 20 years

Underwood's post called Harrison a 'Grade A human being,' a 'stand up guy and a hell of a host'

Underwood’s post called Harrison a ‘Grade A human being,’ a ‘stand up guy and a hell of a host’

Harrison also wrote a goodbye post thanking the 'Bachelor Nation' for 20 years of memories

Harrison also wrote a goodbye post thanking the ‘Bachelor Nation’ for 20 years of memories

Harrison’s departure comes roughly five months after he came under fire for an Extra interview in which he seemed to defend a contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, over 2018 photos that showed her participating in an Old South plantation-themed fraternity formal.

He said that in the February interview: ‘We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion’ toward Kirkconnell amid the turbulent times of the ‘woke police’ and cancel culture.

‘I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing, where people are tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents’ voting record,’ he said. ‘It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this.’

‘I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet,’ Harrison continued. ‘And until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this.’

Those comments sparked backlash online, and Harrison later took to Instagram to clarify his remarks.

‘While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering an opportunity to speak on her own behalf,’ he wrote. ‘What I realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am deeply sorry.’

By Valentine’s Day, Harrison announced he would be ‘stepping aside for a period of time’ during the show’s first season to feature a black Bachelor.

Harrison apologized for his remarks in the interview with GMA host Michael Strahan in early March, admitting he was ‘insensitive’ and ‘made a mistake’ as he vowed to return to the reality show and ‘be part of the change’.

But his apology was dismissed by Strahan who suggested his contrition was just ‘surface’ and a ploy by his fellow ABC colleague to get his $8million a year job back.

Harrison apologized in an interview with GMA host Michael Strahan in March, saying he was 'insensitive' and 'made a mistake' (above)

Harrison apologized in an interview with GMA host Michael Strahan in March, saying he was ‘insensitive’ and ‘made a mistake’ (above)

Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are now co-hosting the current Bachelorette season, and just last week, executives announced a rotating list of hosts for the franchise’s summer show, Bachelor in Paradise.

Kirkconnell, meanwhile, received the final rose from Bachelor Matt James in the March 15 season finale, but in the ‘After the Rose’ special that night, James said he had cut things off.

The couple is now ‘trying to make it work,’ James told the Wall Street Journal last month, and are now planning to move in together, according to Page Six.

James was reportedly ‘hesitant to publicly and outrightly confirm’ the relationship because it was ‘still fresh and they still have issues to work through,’ an unnamed source allegedly told Page Six .

‘Rachael already faced scrutiny for her past, and now all eyes have shifted to Matt,’ the source said. ‘So he’s feeling pressure to set a good example for other black men.’

The couple was recently seen together in Miami and the Hamptons.

Bachelor Matt James wound up choosing Kirkconnell in the season finale

Bachelor Matt James wound up choosing Kirkconnell in the season finale

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Rachel Lindsay reacts Chris Harrison’s ‘Bachelor’ exit

Rachel Lindsay was surprised by Chris Harrison’s permanent departure from “The Bachelor” franchise.

Lindsay — the first black “Bachelorette” as well as the reporter who spoke to Harrison in the controversial interview that would spark his eventual exit — said that pressure from Bachelor Nation may have led Harrison to part ways with the show four months after the host stepped aside over a racism controversy.

“I wasn’t expecting for it to happen, not after the announcement,” Lindsay, 36, said to “Extra” co-host Billy Bush, according to People.

Harrison, 49, confirmed Tuesday that he would not be returning to the “Bachelor” franchise, where he had served as the host since 2002.

Page Six later reported that Harrison wanted a $25 million payout for his exit. A source noted while a settlement was reached, it’s not believed to be as high as $25 million.

Lindsay said Tuesday that Bachelor Nation “can only speculate” about what contributed to Harrison’s official departure.

“I think several past contestants coming forward and saying they didn’t want him to be part of ‘Paradise.’ I think [current ‘Bachelorette’] Katie Thurston, her very last tweet before she went to film her season was that Chris needed to step away,” Lindsay said.

“I think that, coupled with the interview that happened on this very stage, maybe led to him not coming back,” she added.

Chris Harrison Rachel Lindsay
Harrison speaks with Lindsay in 2017.
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In a February “Extra” interview with Lindsay, Harrison defended “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after racially insensitive social media posts and actions from her past resurfaced. At the time, Kirkconnell was vying for the heart of Matt James, the franchise’s first black “Bachelor.”

Harrison later apologized for speaking in a manner that “perpetuates racism” and confirmed he would be “stepping aside” from the franchise for some time.

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, the “Bachelorettes” of Season 11 and Season 16, have since taken over as co-hosts for Thurston’s season of “The Bachelorette,” which premiered Monday.

Ratings for this week’s “Bachelorette” marked the lowest premiere in series history, Deadline reported Tuesday.

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Katie Thurston: Age and height of the “single”?

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Katie Thurston.

Katie Thurston is the new “Bachelorette”! She is a marketing manager for a bank in Washington state.

According to her ABC bio, Thurston “emerged as a leading voice, repeatedly faced with harassment and negativity at home, and women across America applauded her for speaking out for what she believes in.”

“Unapologetically, Katie is adventurous, daring, and ready for a man she can build a life with. A marketing director with an innate vision of life and of social networks, she is an ingenious storyteller who wants a man who laughs with her, ”continues her biography.

Thurston’s journey to find love is sure to be full of ups and downs, as evidenced by the trailer ABC released ahead of the June 7, 2021 premiere.

This is what you need to know:

Thurston turned 30 on January 3, 2021

Thurston didn’t give much thought to his 30th birthday, at least not on social media. She shared the Instagram post above, which is a behind-the-scenes look at a photoshoot she did in honor of her big 30, but she didn’t actually share anything else on her birthday. At the time, he was preparing to debut here on television; Matt James’s season of “The Bachelor” premiered the next day.

The day before Thurston’s birthday, however, he took to social media to share a heartfelt post.

“Today marks the last day of my twenties. Life really does go by fast. If I died tomorrow, I would not be happy with what I have accomplished. I followed the “rules” of life. Get the race. Save money. Start that 401k. Buy the house. And for what? A whole decade without feeling fulfilled? Last year, I finally unapologetically loved who I am. I lost people along the way. And that’s okay. We are not meant to please everyone, ”she captioned a photo of herself in a white jacket.

“What I do know is that life is too short to feel dissatisfied. So what fills your heart? What makes you happy? I enjoyed making people laugh this summer during what many felt was a dark time. I enjoyed learning from my diverse community and hearing their stories. You all have taught me so much! I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m excited to take you all the time for the ride! I will passionately pursue a fulfilling life and refuse to let this next decade go by without a purpose, ”he added.

Thurston’s birthday in early January makes her a Capricorn. While some people don’t care too much about the signs of the zodiac, it seems that Thurston relates to their sign; she has tweeted about being a Capricorn multiple times.

Thurston’s exact height is unknown

Thurston’s exact height has not been officially revealed by ABC or Thurston herself. However, a quick Google search will provide similar results; Thurston is believed to be between 5’4 “and 5’6” tall.

When she met Matt James on “The Bachelor,” their height difference was very noticeable. James is 6’5 ″, so most of the women he met were slightly shorter than him.

Thurston appears to be quite athletic. According to Us Weekly, he played volleyball in high school. The site also reports that she “loves the outdoors.”

This echoes his old ABC biography that was posted online when Thurston was looking for love with James. She wants someone who is active, since “nothing turns her off more than someone who sits playing video games all day.”

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Where was ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021 filmed?

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Katie Thurston outside the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort.

Katie Thurston will not greet her “Bachelorette” suitors at the show’s traditional Bachelor Mansion. Instead, the season 17 star will meet his men at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

The producers of the ABC dating show reserved the location so that Katie’s season could be filmed in a safe “bubble” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Claudia Wattenberg, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, said the resort is “honored” to serve as the setting for Katie’s journey to find love.

“Hyatt Regency Tamaya provided the romantic destination for Katie to experience the beauty, the great outdoors and the culture of New Mexico,” he said, according to Deming Headlight, noting that the “distinctive location, romantic natural scenery and exciting activities at the place ”they made the complex“ fits perfectly with the content filming format of the program ”.

Here’s what else you need to know:

The resort offers many destinations for the bachelorette date

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is located on 550 acres in the Pueblo of Santa Ana, nestled between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande, according to the resort’s website. The nature at the Tamaya tribe-owned complex will provide a stunning backdrop for Katie’s season.

The resort features 350 luxurious rooms and suites, a ballroom, the award-winning Tamaya Mist Spa, the 18-hole Twin Warriors Golf Club, and several cafes. The resort also offers trail rides on rescue horses, as well as pottery and jewelry making classes and other activities run by tribal members, according to Us Weekly, so there should be no shortage of destinations for Katie and her boys.

In terms of accommodation, there are rooms that have a balcony and mountain views, as well as a 754-square-foot executive suite. The VIP suite comes with three balconies, a dining table, fireplace, and a Jacuzzi, by Hyatt.

Bachelorette fans have already seen some glimpses of the resort’s exterior, as well as its interior décor, in Katie’s seasonal promotions.

The last 2 seasons of the franchise “The Bachelor” have been filmed in luxury resorts

The exterior of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya

ABCThe exterior of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya

Fans of the ABC dating franchise haven’t seen the traditional “Bachelor” mansion in a while. With customary world travel for dream dates on hiatus due to the pandemic, the last two seasons of the show have been filmed in remote locations in the United States.

Dual “Bachelorettes” Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams filmed their stint at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs last summer. The luxury resort is located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains and features four restaurants, 41 pools, 53 hot tubs, 23 tennis courts, two golf courses and a 23,000-square-foot spa, and more, according to Variety.

And Matt James’s season of “The Bachelor” was filmed last fall at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA, which is about 70 miles outside of Pittsburgh. The community featured amenities such as a golf course, spa, rock field, and more amidst a stunning backdrop of colorful fall foliage.

It is not known where Michelle Young’s next season of “The Bachelorette” will be filmed, but it would not be a surprise if the Bachelor Nation tour continues across the United States.

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The Bachelorette 2021: How to watch the Live Stream?

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‘The Bachelorette’ stars Katie Thurston.

Katie Thurston, the fan favorite on “The Bachelor,” is headlining season 17 of “The Bachelorette,” which premieres Monday, June 7 at 8:00 pm ET / PT on ABC.

If you don’t have cable, here are a few different ways to watch a live stream of “The Bachelorette” online for free:

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You can watch a live broadcast of ABC (live in most markets) and 100+ TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once registered on FuboTV, you can watch “The Bachelorette” live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer through the FuboTV website.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour rewind feature, allowing you to watch most shows on demand within three days (and sometimes longer). ) of your conclusion, even if you don’t log them.

AT&T TV has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate,” and “Premier.” ABC (live in most markets) is included in all of them, but you can choose any bundle and add-on you want with its 14-day free trial.

Please note that the free trial is not advertised as such, but the amount you must pay today will be $ 0 when you sign up. If you watch content on your computer, phone or tablet, you will not be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:

Free trial of AT&T TV

Once registered with AT&T TV, you can watch “The Bachelorette” live on the AT&T TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer through the AT&T TV website.

If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV also comes with 20 hours of cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to unlimited hours).

Vidgo

You can watch a live broadcast of ABC (live in select markets) and over 65 TV channels on Vidgo. This option does not include a free trial, but you can get your first month for just $ 10:

Vidgo Free Trial

Once registered with Vidgo, you can watch “The Bachelorette” live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer through the Vidgo website.

You can watch a live broadcast of ABC (live in select markets) and more than 65 TV channels through Hulu With Live TV, which you can try for free with a seven-day trial:

Hulu TV Free Trial

Once you’ve signed up for Hulu with Live TV, you can watch “The Bachelorette” live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer through the Hulu website.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV comes with its extensive on-demand library (which includes most shows after they air) and 50 hours of cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “ Enhanced Cloud DVR ”, giving you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials).

Advance of ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021


Meet Katie Thurston’s Men! – The Bachelorette Summer 2021Twenty-nine charming men and one mystery box hope to get lucky in love with Katie Thurston when the fiery 17th season of “The Bachelorette” premieres MONDAY, JUNE 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.2021-05-18T04:25:06Z

Katie Thurston was a fairly popular contestant on Matt James’ season of “The Bachelor,” and as such, the 30-year-old Washington State bank marketing manager won the coveted upcoming “Bachelorette” concert.

In the season premiere, “29 Singles and a Mystery Box” will compete for Thurston’s heart, according to the ABC press release.

The men are as follows:

• Aaron, 26, an insurance agent from San Diego, California.
• Andrew M., 31, Deputy District Attorney for Newport Beach, California.
• Andrew S., 26, professional soccer player from Vienna, Austria
• Austin, 25, a real estate investor from Mission Viejo, California.
• Brandon, 26, an auto parts manager from Queens, New York.
• Brendan, 26, apprentice firefighter from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
• Christian, 26, real estate agent from Boston, Massachusetts.
• Cody, 27, zipper sales manager from San Diego, California.
• Connor B., 29, a math teacher from Nashville, Tennessee.
• Conor C., 28, former baseball player from Costa Mesa, California.
• David, 27, Technical Products Specialist from Nashville, Tennessee.
• Gabriel, 35, businessman from Charlotte, North Carolina.
• Garrett, 29, a software marketing manager from Salinas, California.
• Greg, 27, a marketing sales representative from Edison, NJ.
• Hunter, 34, software strategist from Houston, Texas
• Jeff, 31, a surgical skin salesman from Jersey City, NJ.
• John, 27, bartender from Pacific Beach, California.
• Josh, 25, an IT consultant from Miami, Florida.
• Justin, 26, an investment sales consultant from Baltimore, Maryland.
• Karl, 34, a motivational speaker from Miami, Florida.
• Kyle, 26, technical recruiter from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
• Landon, 25, basketball coach from Dallas, Texas.
• Marcus, 30, real estate broker from Portland, Oregon.
• Marty, 25, a dancer from Reno, Nevada.
• Michael, 36, business owner from Akron, Ohio
• Mike, 31, owner of a gym in San Diego, California.
• Quartney, 26, nutrition entrepreneur from Dallas, Texas
• Thomas, 28, a real estate broker from Poway, California.
• Tre, 26, a software engineer from Covington, Georgia.
• ??????, ??, in a box of ??????


Katie Thurston Is The Bachelorette! – Premieres MONDAY JUNE 7 8|7c on ABCKatie Thurston will be the next star of the 17th season of “The Bachelorette,” premiering MONDAY JUNE 7 8|7c on ABC! Among the season 25 women, Katie emerged as a leading voice, who repeatedly stood up against bullying and negativity in the house, and women all over America applauded her for speaking up for what…2021-04-25T18:44:09Z

The premiere description anticipates that: “Katie Thurston sets out on her journey to find love with her charm, wit and no-nonsense attitude that fans fell in love with during her time on ‘The Bachelor.’ With the help of former Singles and mentors Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams by her side, Katie is ready to meet her men; featuring 30 prospective lucky suitors doing all the stops, props, and moves in hopes of getting your attention before the very first rose ceremony. Buckle up, it will be a season like no other on ‘The Bachelorette.’

“The Bachelorette” airs Mondays at 8:00 pm ET / PT on ABC.

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