Chris Harrison is said to be absorbing his time after the “Bachelor” as he discovers what awaits him in the entertainment world.
The former “Bachelor” franchise host officially resigned his position on the ABC dating show in June after being embroiled in a racism controversy that saw him championing Season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after finding out that she had attended an Antebellum-themed party before appearing on the show.
According to a source who spoke to US Weekly, Harrison is enjoying his time away from the camera now that the scandal is behind him.
“Chris Harrison is doing really great,” the insider said. “He really enjoys this time with his children and is developing his relationship with Lauren. [Zima]. He leads a low-key life in Texas when he’s not going on a trip or on vacation. “
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Harrison shares son Joshua, 19, and daughter Taylor, 17, with ex-wife Gwen Harrison. They broke up in 2012 and he has since moved on with Zima, who he reportedly started dating in 2018.
The insider also noted that while Harrison is calming down and keeping a low profile after the scandal, he does not consider himself retired from show business. In fact, he is actively looking for a new project.
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Harrison initially stepped down as host for Season 17 of “The Bachelorette” before retiring from the franchise in general following the overwhelming backlash he received for defending Kirkconnell.
The 24-year-old, who appeared in season 25 with Matt James, the show’s leading black male role, has issued a lengthy apology after the photos reappeared. She condemned her past actions, including attending a 2018 “Old South” themed party at a plantation and dressing up in Native American costume.
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Harrison appeared on Extra in an interview with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay who was the series’ first black woman. In the interview, he defended Kirkconnell, arguing times were different just three years ago. Harrison was the victim of a swift and immediate reaction, prompting him to issue his own apologies.
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“I have this amazing platform for talking about love, and yesterday I took a stand on topics I should have been better informed about. While I don’t speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace by offering him the opportunity to speak on his own behalf, “he wrote in an apology statement at the time.
Jessica Napoli of Fox News contributed to this report.
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