- Chris Harrison is “living his best life” after leaving “The Bachelor”, the show’s stylist has said.
- The former host left in 2021, after defending a contestant accused of racially insensitive behavior.
- “You can’t be together for 20 years” and not “love each other,” stylist Cary Fetman told Insider.
A year after Chris Harrison drastically retired from “The Bachelor” franchise, the former reality TV host is living his “best life,” according to the show’s longtime stylist.
Cary Fetman told Insider he started styling “Bachelor” contestants shortly after the first season aired in 2002, around the same time Harrison was introduced as the show’s host. While Fetman is still working on the dating program, Harrison cut ties with the ABC network franchise in 2021 amid strong backlash. Harrison defended a contestant accused of racially insensitive behavior during an “Extra” interview with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay.
Criticisms of his stance came from viewers, “Bachelor” alumni and especially former BIPOC candidates, Insider reported at the time. He later issued an apology while announcing in an Instagram post that he was “retiring” from the show for a “period of time”.
“In apologizing for historical racism, I have defended it,” Harrison wrote in his post. “I’m ashamed to be misinformed. I was so wrong.”
News then broke that Harrison was stepping down as host for good, but not before he apparently struck an eight-figure deal with ABC.
Despite the controversy, Fetman said he was supportive of Harrison.
“He’s a man that I adore and absolutely love,” Fetman said, noting that after more than 20 years of traveling and working together, he can’t imagine not loving each other.
“As hard as it was, the love will never go away,” Fetman said.
As for Harrison’s day-to-day, after “The Bachelor,” Fetman said he was “living his best life” and was happier than ever. The former colleagues see each other regularly for dinner, Fetman added.
According to Harrison’s Instagram account, which Life & Style Magazine reported he deleted after his controversial exit, his time away from the show appears to be relatively quiet. Most of his posts are about himself, his children and his fiancée, Lauren Zima, to whom he proposed in October 2021.
But not everyone is this close to Harrison
One person who doesn’t appear to have had a relationship with the former “Bachelor” host is Lindsay, who became the show’s first-ever black “Bachelorette” in 2017.
Speaking on ‘The View’ in January, Lindsay said she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following the interview she did with Harrison. She said she hasn’t spoken to him since he publicly apologized.
“He has spoken publicly about being my friend, but he unfollowed me on all social media after saying he was listening and learning,” Lindsay said.
She also said she received “death threats” from Harrison fans for months after the interview.
“I was blamed for his actions, for the rant he had on TV,” Lindsay said. “As a result of this interview, I felt that I was doing my job. I was professional and I was personally attacked for doing my job.”
Representatives for Rachel Lindsay did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.