“BACHELOR” HOST CHRIS HARRISON LEAVING FRANCHISE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The original host of “The Bachelor” is leaving for good – but it’s unclear whether it’s of his own accord. Chris Harrison’s departure was announced by ABC and the show’s producers. A statement by the network and Warner Horizon thanks Harrison for his work and wishes him the best. Harrison exiled himself after an on-air spat with Rachel Lindsay, the first Black star on Bachelor. She asked him in an “Extra” interview about Rachael Kirkconnell, the white contestant who attended a 2018 formal with an Old South plantation theme. Harrison condemned Lindsay and other critics, saying Kirkconnell needed protection from what he called “the woke police.” After getting blowback, Harrison acknowledged he spoke in a way that “perpetuates racism.”
ELLIE KEMPER DISTANCES HERSELF FROM ST. LOUIS GROUP
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is breaking off ties with a group she once had ties to. At 19, Ellie Kemper was named “Queen of Love and Beauty” by the Veiled Prophet Organization. The group dates back to the 1800s and didn’t allow Black members until 1979. Kemper says she didn’t know the group’s history – but now says it has “an unquestionably racist, sexist and elitist past.” She says such ignorance on her part “is no excuse.” The group itself says it had racist beliefs then, but that it now “rejects racism, in any form.”
SHERYL UNDERWOOD TO HOST DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sheryl Underwood will host the Daytime Emmys. She co-hosted last year with her “The Talk” co-stars Sharon Osborne, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond. Inaba is now on leave. And Osbourne recently left after an on-air spat with Underwood over Osbourne’s pal, Piers Morgan. Morgan quit his British TV show after being challenged for calling Meghan Markle a liar for saying the way she was treated by the royal family made her suicidal. The Daytime Emmys are June 25 in Los Angeles.