MICHAEL Strahan and Robin Roberts are both being considered as replacements for Chris Harrison on The Bachelor, The Sun can reveal.
Michael will bring "a level of stability" to The Bachelor, sources said, as he is eyed to replace troubled Chris, while Robin "would be an excellent choice to bring some gravitas and seriousness."
Amid the ongoing backlash to the racism scandal, Chris has been "iced out" of talks at ABC as they discuss who, if anyone, should replace the long time host.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Bachelor insiders admit that TV star Michael is being considered as the replacement for Chris, with sources claiming that Strahan is "the right mix of news and show business" to deal with the role of overseeing the ABC series.
OK! originally broke the news, however while Strahan is a frontrunner, there are a raft of issues that would need to be ironed out to land the role full time.
The Sun understands ABC executives want to make sure that they have the right message and bring a level of stability to the replacement for Harrison, who may not return for the next series.
Insiders say while his position as executive producer is safe, there is a "time to wait before knowing whether Chris can come back on screen."
Strahan, if he got booked, would oversee Matt James' After the Final Rose ceremony , and the next season of The Bachelorette.
Decisions will be made in the next few days, sources says, adding Strahan's booking would "need some tricky negotiations" given his Fox commitments and GMA role in New York.
The Bachelor ususally films in Los Angeles, although due to the pandemic it has in recent seasons filmed solely at resorts in Palm Springs , California and North Carolina.
The Sun previously revealed that since the show has remained under fire for its controversies surrounding race, people of color are being hired “at all levels” to add diversity behind the scenes.
With 49-year-old Chris' position on the chopping block as backlash rages on for his comments, a source says it’s a matter of “when, not if” Chris will get the boot.
The insider exclusively told The Sun: “It's only a matter of time before an announcement is made that Chris isn't returning.
“At this point it's not if, it's when. There are still talks of keeping him as an executive producer.
“But unless Chris somehow turns this around, his role on-camera is done.”
Fans have called for Chris to be fired after making a series of “unacceptable” comments while chatting with former Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in the show’s history.
Chris asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, after resurfaced photos showed her attending an “Old South” plantation party with deep ties to the Confederacy in 2018.
The Matt James frontrunner was also accused of liking controversial social media posts that include the Confederate flag and pro-Trump “MAGA” content.
The Sun has contacted reps for Michael and Robin for comment.
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