BACHELOR fans think ex-host Chris Harrison has married his longtime girlfriend Lauren Zima, just months after he was accused of racist behavior.
The 49-year-old shared a black and white photo of him and Lauren all dressed up with his 1.3 million Instagram followers, prompting speculation they had tied the knot.
Chris posted the sweet snap of him kissing TV presenter Lauren, 33, alongside a gushing declaration of love.
He wrote: “‘I’d stop the world and melt with you” @laurenzima there’s no one I’d rather celebrate love with and I’ll be your plus one anytime.”
Although no official confirmation of any nuptials have been announced, the couple certainly looked as if they were in wedding attire.
Wearing a smart dark suit, shirt and tie, the former long-time face of NBC’s franchise put his arm around his partner as they kissed.
Standing next to him, Lauren looked stunning in a simple white sleeveless gown with a deep V-neck, fitted waist and full skirt.
Fans rushed to shower the happy couple with congratulations underneath the adorable photo.
One follower joked: "Well folks I think it is safe to say it was the most dramatic season yet."
"Wait?! Did you guys get married?? 😍," questioned another.
A third gushed: "You got the final rose ! 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼"
While a fourth beamed: "Congratulations Chris! You deserve all the happiness in the world! ❤️ Hope to see you back on Bachelor/Bachelorettes soon. It’s nothing without you!"
Earlier this year Chris was removed from hosting The Bachelor and The Bachelorette after becoming embroiled in a race scandal.
He stepped away after receiving mass backlash when he was accused of “perpetuating racism" by defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell – who was caught attending an Antebellum party in 2018.
Fans were shocked when the show revealed NFL star Emmanuel Acho would host Matt James' After The Final Rose special – marking it the first time ever Chris did not officiate the evening.
A couple weeks later, it was announced Chris would be also replaced by former leads Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe on next season's The Bachelorette.
An insider close to the show explained to The Sun that the former face of the franchise must be “mortified” he isn’t coming back.
The star has been the beating heart of The Bachelor for 25 seasons and The Bachelorette for 16 – before taking his indefinite leave from the franchise in February.
The longtime face of the franchise was replaced as host for next season on The Bachelorette, and things have reportedly only gone from “bad to worse” for him, an insider exclusively told The Sun.
According to the informant, Chris, 49, was initially included in conversations about how the show will proceed while battling its ongoing racism problems.
However, after The Sun previously reported the host had been “iced out” of crisis talks, the reality star allegedly became “more pushy with producers trying to find out his fate.”
The source explained: “Since announcing he won't be hosting the Bachelorette, his behavior has changed so much more.
“He's become distant and calculating and doesn't seem to want to cooperate anymore.
“Now there's word he has his own attorney which has rubbed everyone on production the wrong way. He went from being defense to offense and he's digging his own grave, really.”
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