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The people over at the Bachelor franchise are looking to solve their problems with race by hiring another white guy to take over for Chris Harrison.

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Following his racist outburst during an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay–in which he defended a contestant’s attendance at a deep south antebellum-themed ball–longtime Bachelor host Chris Harrison stepped down from his hosting duties, at least for the foreseeable future. Now, it has been announced that a comedian and a huge fan of the series, David Spade, will be taking over the hosting duties for one of the show’s spin-offs, Bachelor In Paradise.

According to reports from Page Six, sources say Spade was picked because he’s a Bachelor superfan who’s built a cult following among fellow fans because of the hilarious commentary about the show that he dishes out on his Instagram account. Spade has also recently spoken about his love of the franchise during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“I like it all,” Spade said when asked whether he preferred The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. “I just make fun of whatever’s in front of me.”

An insider reportedly told the publication that the comic’s a fit because “the producers want to put some fun in the show. They think it’s become too serious.”

This comes after news that former contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe replaced Harrison as host for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, leading many to believe they would take that route in the future. Because of this news of Spade’s hiring was surprising to a lot of fans.

It’s still unclear if Harrison will ever return to The Bachelor after his comments about the “woke police,”  but during an interview on Good Morning America back in March, the TV host revealed that he would be working alongside “race educator” Michael Eric Dyson to learn from his mistakes.

“Dr. Dyson often talks to me about counsel, not cancel. That is full accountability … owning from that, learning from that. Seeking council from the community that you hurt, gaining experience knowledge and moving forward,” Harrison explained.

“I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay. I didn’t speak for my heart, that is to say I stand against all forms of racism … I’m sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I’m sorry to the Black community,” he added. Harrison said he’s “committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise.”

Guess we’ll have to see how the ratings are, first, but currently, it doesn’t look like the franchise is trying to bring him back anytime soon.
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