What is Chris Harrison doing now? 'The Bachelor' ex-host reveals he lost 20 lbs after racism scandal

What is Chris Harrison doing now? 'The Bachelor' ex-host reveals he lost 20 lbs after racism scandal
Chris Harrison has opened up on how he dealt with his downfall after racism row (Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

Former 'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison, who came under fire for racist remarks in 2021, shared how he dealt with the fallout and how he's doing now on his podcast. Harrison had defended Season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell who was accused of racism after she liked Confederate flag-related videos on TikTok and attended an Old South Plantation-themed frat party in 2018. “We all need to have a little grace … Because I’ve seen some stuff online, again this judge-jury-executioner thing, where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart,” Chris said about Rachael at the time. 

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In his new iHeart podcast 'The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever … With Chris Harrison,' the ex-host revealed why he took a hiatus in the middle of 'The Bachelor‘s 25th season and never returned. “The toughest thing for me was where to turn, what to do,” he says. “I was heartbroken. I was gutted. I was embarrassed. I was mad at myself. I was disappointed in myself.” Adding, “I was sick to my stomach. I lost 20 pounds, I didn’t sleep. I didn’t eat.”

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Of the humbling experience overall, he sums up, “I’m not proud of how it went down, I’m not happy about how it went down. But I’m a faithful person. … It allowed me to have a better life with my kids, to fall in love, to be engaged with the woman I love, to having a much better life than I was living.” Now, Harrison says he doesn’t hold anger towards the show. “The show changed my life. I’m grateful to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, I will be forever grateful … There is no animosity,” he says.

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Chris Harrison speaks onstage during the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
Chris Harrison speaks onstage during the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California (Getty Images)

What is Chris Harrison doing now? 

Harrison moved from Los Angeles to his home state of Texas in June 2021. After his exit from 'The Bachelor,' he focused entirely on his personal life. He deleted all his Instagram content to make a fresh start after the incident. In his first Instagram post after deleting everything, he announced his engagement to Lauren Zima in October 2021. "I love you @laurenzima The next chapter starts now!" he wrote alongside a photo of the proposal.

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Chris Harrison proposes to Lauren Zima (credit: chrisbharrison/Instagram)
Chris Harrison proposes to Lauren Zima (@chrisbharrison/Instagram)

'The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever … With Chris Harrison'

In December 2022, Chris made the announcement that he will be launching a new podcast, 'The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever … With Chris Harrison.'

“Fans can expect to hear Chris open up like never before. Using his unparalleled expertise, he will dig into all things relationships every week. Fans will no longer just be going along for the ride, they’ll be up close and personal with Chris as he navigates through dating, marriage, love, loss, and more. For the first time ever, Chris will discuss everything, and there’s no telling what he will have to say.” the podcast's description reads. 

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The first two episodes detailed how Chris navigated the fallout of the interview which cost him his job. Harrison said in the podcast, "My fianceé, who God bless Lauren Zima for being there every step of the way… I worried about my kids. I worried about my family, my mom, my dad, my brother, all my loved ones, my friends." 

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