For many Bachelor Nation members, Chris Harrison’s net worth and his bank account may be the most successful couple to come from the show. Harrison has been the Bachelor franchise’s host since the first episode of The Bachelor aired in 2002. Since then, he’s become the father of Bachelor Nation: He’s went on to host 25 seasons of The Bachelor, 16 seasons of The Bachelorette, six seasons of Bachelor in Paradise and tons of more spinoffs where attractive people cry into his arms.
As the Bachelor franchise‘s host for the past two decades, Harrison must have a reason for why he’s been on TV for so long. And while we’re sure he loves many aspects of Bachelor Nation (the love, the drama, how every season just so happens to be the “most dramatic yet”), nothing lasts forever. In February 2021, Harrison announced that he would be “stepping aside” as the host of The Bachelor amid contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s racism controversy. Harrison’s decision came after he faced backlash for his response to Rachael’s scandal, with many critics accusing him of excusing her racism.
“[I] will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special,” Harrison wrote, confirming that he won’t host AFR for the first time in Bachelor history. “I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.” ABC also announced in March 2021 that Harrison will not host season 17 of The Bachelorette. For the season, he will be replaced by season 16 Bachelorette Tayshia Adams and season 11 Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, who will serve as co-hosts.
In June 2021, Deadline reported that Harrison had permanently left the Bachelor franchise after 19 years. The magazine reported that Harrison received a sizable settlement (more on that later) as part of his exit plan with ABC and Warner Bros. Television, the network and studio that produces The Bachelor and its spinoffs.
With that said, what is Chris Harrison’s net worth and how much did he make on from the Bachelor franchise before his exit? Read on for that answer.
In a 2017 interview with Variety, Harrison revealed that he never auditioned to be the Bachelor franchise’s host. Instead, he had a few meetings with the show’s execs, including creator Mike Fleiss, who hired him based on his personality. “I never auditioned for this job,” he said. “I really didn’t. I’m not messing with you. I had a meeting. I had a couple meetings, and that’s it. You would think they would care more about this franchise!
A year before, Harrison told Glamour that Fleiss specifically wanted him because he was a Southern “family man” the contestants could relate to. “When I met Mike Fleiss, he told me what they were looking for: a Southern guy, the guy next door, a guy who can be a gentleman, a friend, a confidante—and also host television,” he said. “In the beginning, I was more of a host because I hadn’t earned the respect of the fans and the cast yet. Now, whoever walks on the show, they know what I’ve done and what I’m about.
In 2011, TV Guide reported that Harrison makes $60,000 per episode as the Bachelor franchise’s host. While the number seems low compared to what stars like Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Seacrest are making on their shows, you have to understand how many episodes of the Bachelor franchise’s shows there really are a year. Let’s take 2019, for example. That year, there were 12 episodes of The Bachelor, 13 episodes of The Bachelor and 13 episodes of Bachelor in Paradise, which means that—if Harrison makes $60K for each of those episodes—his 2019 Bachelor salary would’ve been $2,280,000. Also, it’s likely that Harrison’s Bachelor pay-per-episode has increased since 2011, which means that his yearly salary should be in the several million by now. Celebrity Net Worth reports that his yearly salary was $8 million, which means that he received around $200,000 per Bachelor episode in 2021.
Harrison told Glamour in 2016—after season 20 of The Bachelor aired—that he signed on for five more seasons of the series and its spinoffs. That means that 2021 was his last year with the Bachelor franchise before he had to sign a new deal.
“I actually just signed back on not too long ago for five more years. They wanted to do six and I said, ‘Can we just do five?'” he told Glamour at the time. “That gets me to 20 years on the show and 50 years old, and I’m not saying I would want to leave, but I would want to take a second to reassess. My goal is to stay long enough to hand the show over to my daughter. She’s 12, so I need a good nine years so she can get through college. Then she can take over.”
In December 2020, rumors sparked that Harrison was retiring as the Bachelor franchise’s host after his move to Texas. The New York Post reported at the time that Harrison moved to Austin, Texas, far away from where the Bachelor Mansion is in Los Angeles. The news also came after season 16 of The Bachelorette, where Harrison skipped several episodes to move his son to college. JoJo Fletcher replaced him as the host for those episodes.
Harrison’s time in Bachelor Nation came to an end in June 2021 when Deadline reported that Harrison had permanently left the franchise. The magazine reported that he was paid a mid-range, eight-figure settlement from ABC and Warner Bros. as part of his exit plan. According to Deadline, Harrison also signed a nondisclosure agreement.
As for his net worth, Celebrity Net Worth reports that Harrison is worth $16 million. The number makes sense, given his reported 2020 Bachelor salary of $8 million per year. The other $8 million can come from spon con deals, as well as business investments. Along with his TV career, Harrison has also written the 2016 novel, The Perfect Letter, which adds to his worth. So, yeah, the man has money.
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