Change can be a good thing.
This was former Bachelorette contestant Mike Johnson's stance while discussing Chris Harrison's exit from The Bachelor franchise. Still, the TV personality wasn't quick to write off the longtime Bachelor Nation host.
"Chris Harrison, I've said it once, I'll say it again, he lives in Austin, I live in Austin. Let's go have a barbecue," he shared on the June 8 episode of E! News' Daily Pop. "I think that for the people saying, 'I won't watch the show because of this or that reason,' like, change can be a good thing. The young man was there for 19 years, he did a great job."
Yet, Mike made it clear that it was time to look to the future as he added, "Let's keep it moving."
For those who may've missed it, after 19 years of hosting The Bachelor and its spinoff shows, Chris revealed on June 8 that he was permanently stepping down from his role. This announcement came after Chris had already stepped aside from Bachelor Nation following his defense of Matt James' final rose recipient, Rachael Kirkconnell. Rachael was met with controversy during season 25 when photos from 2018 surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party.
Since then, former Bachelorette leads Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams have stepped in as co-hosts for season 17.
As for Mike, he said he was open to having a conversation with Chris on his podcast with Dr. Bryan Abasolo, titled Talking It Out. "One hundred percent we'll have Chris Harrison on the show to talk it out," he exclusively stated on Daily Pop. "I'm not gonna hold back, Bryan's not gonna hold back whatsoever."
Mike was, obviously, referring to Bryan's February defense of wife and former Bachelorette lead Rachel Lindsay, who conducted the Extra interview where Chris defended Rachael. On Bryan's stance on the whole situation, Mike simply stated, "Bryan did everything right. If that's my wife, you don't mess with my wife."
For all of this and more, including an update on Mike's personal life, catch the exclusive chat above.