ABC reportedly pays 8-figure severance to get rid of Chris Harrison after ‘Bachelor’ host said former contestant should be offered grace in racism controversy

 Chris Harrison, longtime host of “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” franchises, has been relieved of his hosting duties for good, according to a Tuesday report from Hollywood trade website Deadline.

The outlet noted that ABC and Warner Media reportedly gave Harrison a “mid-range eight-figure” payoff following his departure as well as a “promise to keep his mouth shut.”

What’s a brief history here?

Harrison has been at the center of a racism controversy after he reportedly asked “Bachelor” fans to give “grace” to a contestant who was reportedly seen in a photo that contained racist imagery.

In an early February interview, Harrison suggested that fans of the show ought to give former “Bachelor” winner Rachael Kirkconnell an opportunity to explain why she attended a 2018 fraternity event with an “Antebellum” theme. Kirkconnell, according to reports, was also previously accused of “liking” photos of the Confederate flag on social media. He also implored viewers to avoid acting as “judge, jury, and executioner.”

In February, Harrison announced that he was stepping away from the show for an undetermined period of time.

Former contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe were tapped as “The Bachelorette’s” temporary hosts.