WHEEL of Fortune fans weren't so happy after The Bachelor's Chris Harrison appeared on last night's episode despite "racism" accusations.
The Sun had actually revealed that the episode had been postponed and most likely canceled because of the backlash.
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune shocked fans when they aired Chris' episode last night, despite claims that it was canceled and receiving no promotion by the show.
The episode had been recorded back in December and was set to raise money for Feeding America.
Chris landed in hot water a few days ago when he seemingly defended historical racism amid the controversy surrounding contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, who attended a plantation-style party back in 2018.
Because of this, fans took to social media to slam the Bachelor host as well as the producers of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.
One fan wrote: "Chris Harrison playing celebrity wheel tonight YIKES."
A second one tweeted: "I would love to tweet about how weird it is that Chris Harrison is on Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune right now but would never reveal that I’m currently watching Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune."
Meanwhile, a third shared: "Chris Harrison for real about to get canceled and win Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune in the same week."
A fourth also tweeted: "While I don't normally watch #WheelofFortune or any #BachelorNation show, but Chris Harrison on tonight's #CelebrityWheelOfFortune (even with the on-screen note that the episode was pre-recorded in December 2020) … is not the best look."
The airing of the episode comes after The Sun revealed the episode could have been postponed or even canceled.
Chris asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael, 24, after resurfaced photos showed her attending an “Old South” plantation party in 2018, prompting a major backlash.
The ABC source exclusively told The Sun his comments resulted in the episode being axed: "Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune has postponed airing an episode starring Chris Harrison as a guest contestant indefinitely.
"The episode was filmed in late January and was scheduled to air this week on Thursday [February 18]. Following all of the recent backlash, ABC pulled the episode.
"It was a network decision, not up to the Wheel Of Fortune producers. The network is going to play it by ear about what to do moving forward with hopes to air the episode as of right now on the 25th.
"But there’s a big chance the episode will be scrapped entirely and not air at all. If they re-filmed, it would be with new celebrity contestants. Chris starred in his episode with Robert Herjavec and Alfonso Ribeiro."
In addition, the press release that announced the episode appeared to have been removed from the ABC site and now comes up as a 404 – but the URL is still visible.
The Sun contacted ABC for comment on Tuesday.
The news comes after insiders exclusively told The Sun that Chris, 49, “can never” return as the sole host of the reality series.
Fans have called for Chris to be fired for “unacceptable” comments made while chatting with former Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in the show’s history.
The TV personality also spoke over the ex Bachelorette during the interview as he claimed the racism problems were “okay” in 2018 but “not in 2021," before adding he’s “not the woke police.”
After days of scrutiny, Chris announced in a lengthy Instagram message he will be stepping away from the show due to “excusing historical racism.”
He said: "My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke.
"By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term 'woke police,' which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uniformed I was. I was so wrong.”
The Bachelor Nation star went on to reveal that he will be stepping aside from hosting the After The Final Rose special to get educated on a "more profound and productive level than ever before.”
Last week, The Sun reported that ABC "may fire" Chris as the network is "considering all its options" when it comes to his position "for the first time" in the show's history.
Father of two Chris became the first – and only – host of the franchise when The Bachelor first premiered in 2002.
The following year, he began his role on the first season of The Bachelorette.
In the two decades since, he has gone on to be the face of the show and all its spinoffs, including Bachelor Pad and Bachelor In Paradise.
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