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David Spade Replaces Chris Harrison On ‘Bachelor In Paradise’
David Spade will be replacing Chris Harrison as the host of ‘Bachelor In Paradise’, following criticism of Harrison’s decision to defend a contestant accused of racism.
The comedian and actor is best known for starring opposite Adam Sandler in films such as The Do-Over and Grown Ups. According to Page Six, his selection comes as producers for the show take a “radical new approach” to hosting and attempt to “put some fun in the show”.
David Spade is a well known fan of the franchise and often supplies a comedic commentary for the show on his Instagram. Spade also made his love of the show known on a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Harrison was already removed as the host of ‘The Bachelorette‘ – replaced by former contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
Harrison’s removal from the franchise came after he defended contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, who was pictured at a antebellum-themed party in 2018.
“We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.” Harrison commented on Extra. “Because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing — where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record.”
“It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this. I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. And until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”
Later, Harrison issued two statements on his Instagram, saying he was “deeply remorseful”.
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