Bachelor and Bachelorette host Chris Harrison has broken his silence about the abuse allegations wife Laura Fleiss has leveled against her husband, and the franchise's creator, Mike Fleiss.
Sitting down with Entertainment Tonight's Lauren Zima for The Ringer's Bachelor Party podcast, he compared it to the previous scandals that have rocked Bachelor Nation, including the Bachelor in Paradise assault allegations of 2017.
Chris said: "I won't get too deep into this, but I will say as far as those two situations, they're very different. Because Bachelor in Paradise, that was a production situation, something that happened on our set, having to do with our show, was relevant to our production — so that was my concern as far as production."
He continued, "Mike Fleiss and his situation is completely different because it is a very personal, private matter between he, his wife, his kids, his family — and outside of production."
Two weeks ago, Mike filed for divorce from Laura. Several days later, the former Miss America filed for an emergency domestic restraining order, claiming he physically attacked her and demanded she get an abortion. They share a 4-year-old son and she is pregnant with their second child.
Warner Bros. later said they would look into the matter.
On social media, the blowback was intense, with many saying Chris was just "concerned" about his "paycheck," and others railing against Bachelor Nation's "toxic masculine culture."