Early Tuesday morning, Deadline reported that Harrison received a “mid-range eight-figure payoff” following his departure.
“The confidential settlement with franchise producers and distributor Warner Horizon was finally reached after one more flurry of back and forth between the parties and ‘Bachelor’ broadcaster ABC on Monday night,” Deadline’s Dominic Patten wrote. “A motivational undercurrent, so to speak, throughout was Harrison lawyer Bryan Freedman pledging to unleash the Shiva of lawsuits exposing a swath of ‘The Bachelor’s’ alleged dirty laundry unless his Gersh-repped client emerged feeling the financial love.”
The outlet also reported that ABC and Warner Media announced that they removed Harrison to improve “BIPOC representation.”
“We are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks,” a statement for Warner and ABC stated. “These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”
Harrison has issued several apologies for his remarks, and said that the show’s season ought not be “marred or overshadowed” by “mistakes” or “diminished” by “actions.”
He also said, “I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview and I didn’t speak from my heart. That is to say I stand against all forms of racism and I am deeply sorry. … I’m sorry to the black community.”