Chris Harrison is officially out of the franchise “The Bachelor” after nearly 20 years – and is reportedly looking for a golden parachute that can exceed eight figures.
The longtime host came out after defending the behavior of contestant Rachel Kirkonel – who was widely condemned as racially insensitive – in an interview with former bachelor star Rachel Lindsey, who became the first leading role of blacks for the 2017 franchise.
Rumors have circulated that Harrison has come out after it was revealed that David Spade will host “Bachelor in Paradise”
The outlet added that the host “threatens to spill all the dirty secrets of the franchise if it does not receive it”, although the reported agreement is estimated to be less than $ 25 million.
ABC did not respond to Yahoo Finance’s request for comment.
Brian Sullivan, an attorney at Early Sullivan’s law firm, told Yahoo Finance that the potential for high payouts is likely to be concentrated around Harrison’s contract and how many years remain in the deal. There is also the issue of a moral clause – a legal component that is often unclear in nature.
“It simply came to our notice then [his comments] were enough to activate the right of termination in a way that is clear and obvious, “Sullivan said. He explained that studios are always more inclined to settle cases like these than to go to court.
“It’s all done as a cost-benefit analysis,” he explained, adding that high attorney’s fees, witness gathering and the trial in general often do not cost time, effort or money.
The lawsuit “opens a can of worms that, once opened, you can’t close, and who knows what will be revealed during that time,” Sullivan said. On top of all the risks, the studio will still “have a decent chance of losing”, warning: “No one ever has a 100% chance of winning.”
On Tuesday, Harrison posted a brief statement on Instagram, in part writing, “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all the memories we’ve had together.”
Sullivan said Harrison was unlikely to continue to reveal any secrets behind the scenes at this point, noting that settlements like these usually include a privacy provision – which “is not the exception but the rule.”
Celebrities who provide fat salaries after controversial layoffs is not a new concept. Megin Kelly, who was fired by NBC in 2018 after airing comments on the air, defending the blackface, still received the full $ 69 million provided in her original three-year contract. This ruled out the possibility of a protracted legal battle.
“There will always be a compulsion on the part of the studio to pay something to make it disappear,” Los Angeles-based lawyer Sean Andrade told Yahoo Finance earlier.
The Bachelorette returned to ABC on Monday for the first time without Harrison on Monday. The premiere of season 17 topped the rankings on Monday, but was still the lowest premiere in the series’ history – garnering just 3.59 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographics, according to early Nielsen Live + numbers the same day .
By comparison, Bachelorette’s last premiere, which made its debut in October 2020, saw 4.76 million viewers and won 1.3 ratings in the 18-49 demographic.
Alexandra is a producer and entertainment correspondent at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @ alliecanal8193