Chris Harrison, the long-time former host of the Bachelor franchise, reportedly demanded a $25 million payout after being kicked from the show, threatening to otherwise spill sensitive insider secrets.
“He was ready to tell the truth about how things really work over there — and he has plenty of evidence to back him up. Chris was making $5 million a season and wanted $25 million to go,” a source from ABC told Page Six.
Harrison’s exit from the show was prompted by remarks made in defense of Rachel Kirkconnell, the last woman standing in Matt James’ season. During an interview with Kirkconnell, Harrison made statements that brought significant criticism from fans. Kirkconnell, whose own controversy prompted the interview to begin with, has been accused of racist behavior. Harrison’s alleged defense of said behavior ultimately prompted his removal from the series.
“He knows a lot about inappropriate behavior on set: fights between contestants, misbehavior including use of illegal substances while overseas and complaints from producers that were allegedly brushed under the carpet by ABC execs,” the source also said.
According to the same source, a settlement between network executives and Harrison was eventually reached, but the sum did not reach the $25 million he had initially requested.
“Chris Harrison’s whole life was ‘The Bachelor,’ and he didn’t want to let go,” remarked the source.
The source notes that Harrison was not entirely happy with the interview, though neither ABC reps nor Harrison’s lawyer, Brian Freedman, chose to offer further comment when approached by Page Six.
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