Chris Harrison Paid $9M To Exit 'The Bachelor'

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Chris Harrison was forced to walk away from his job as host of The Bachelor after he defended a contestant's racist behavior.

But the host reportedly got a cool $9 million for his trouble.

According to Variety, Harrison was paid roughly $10 million — a combination of a $9 million exit settlement and remaining contractual fees.

Harrison issued an apology after facing backlash for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's racist behavior. 

"To my Bachelor Nation family -- I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology," Harrison wrote in February. "I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed."

"While I do not speak for Rachel Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf," he continued. "What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry."

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