Chris was optimistic that he would be forgiven in due time, the source reveals. “He knows he made a mistake but was hopeful forgiveness would be granted.”
He apologized one day after he defended Rachael’s pictures from a 2018 Old South party. Three days later, he issued another apology when temporarily stepping down from his role as host, writing on Feb. 13, “Now, just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same. By excusing historical racism, I defended it.”
Throughout the turmoil, Chris “had an idea that his end was coming,” the source explains. “[Chris] had a feeling months ago and really came to terms with it.”
He has no plans to return to hosting at the moment, according to the insider, who adds, “He is grateful for the conclusion and payout… He wants to focus on other business ventures.”
Several familiar faces commented on Chris’ goodbye post to wish him well. Arie Luyendyk wrote, “Love you brotha. On to bigger and better things,” while Colton Underwood said, “Love you Chris. Thank you for your friendship.”
Chris was replaced by Bachelorette veterans Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe as hosts for Katie Thurston‘s Bachelorette season, which kicked off on June 7. And David Spade will reportedly step in as the host of Bachelor in Paradise this summer.
As for Matt, he appears to have forgiven Rachael in the months following the scandal. The pair reconciled and were recently spotted on a couples’ retreat in the Hamptons. “Matt and Rachael are in a really good place right now and are getting serious. They are inseparable and talk all day, every day,” another source close to Matt exclusively told E! News last month.
E! News has reached out to Chris’ rep and ABC for comment.