A petition to get Chris Harrison fired from the Bachelor franchise has reached more than 40,000 signatures in about one week’s time. The Change.org petition asks that ABC part ways with the longtime host in the wake of his comments about the controversy surrounding Rachael Kirkconnell during an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on ExtraTV.
The petition was started before Harrison issued a public apology on Instagram. However, some fans aren’t satisfied with the written apology and are still hoping that ABC will remove Harrison from his post.
“This is not a petition for an apology. It’s a petition for a new host,” reads an update on Change.org.
Harrison later announced that he’d be “stepping aside” for a period of time, but many fans are still calling for Harrison to be completely removed from the franchise moving forward.
Some fans have already started thinking about who could replace the man who has hosted since 2002. Someone from Bachelor Nation, like Wells Adams, may seem like a logical way to go, but fans have also suggested some interesting celebs for the role. Many fans would like to see Rachel Lindsay take the role, but she has expressed disinterest in continuing a relationship with the franchise.
Here’s what you need to know:
A Reddit Thread Suggesting Actor Danny DeVito Take Over as ‘Bachelor’ Host Has People Talking
Fans of the Bachelor franchise have made suggestions about who they’d like to see take on the role as host if Harrison gets fired. On the Bachelor subreddit, fans have been discussing who would make the best host moving forward.
One person started a thread titled, “Danny Devito should take over Chris Harrison’s role as the host of the Bachelor.” That thread opened up the discussion for who should be chosen to deliver date cards and remind everyone when the “final rose tonight” is coming.
Fan suggestions included Reese Witherspoon, Wayne Brady and Billy Eichner. In other threads, fans have also chimed in on who they would not like to see as the new host. Those names included Ashley Iaconetti and JoJo Fletcher.
ABC has yet to comment on the controversy surrounding Harrison, and his future with the franchise is unclear.
Another Reddit Thread Makes a Case Against Adams as Harrison’s Replacement
Wells Adams‘ name has been somewhat synonymous with Harrison’s replacement since before Harrison made his controversial comments.
However, some fans believe Adams is not the person for the job.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside for being racist. Plain and simple. And there are a ton of people on this sub whose response to that is to replace him with… another white guy?” one commenter posted on a thread titled, “Wells should NOT replace Chris Harrison.” The commenter said Adams has refused to acknowledge the Black Lives Matter movement, cohosts a podcast with a person “who spreads Qanon-adjacent conspiracy theories,” and hasn’t acknowledged Harrison’s controversial remarks, among other criticism.
Other commenters shared mixed feelings on Adams becoming the new host — if Harrison does end up getting fired (or quitting), that is.