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Former Bachelor host Chris Harrison engaged to girlfriend Lauren Zima months after he was fired over racist scandal

FORMER Bachelor host Chris Harrison is now engaged to his girlfriend Lauren Zima months after he was fired from the show over the racist scandal.

Chris, 49, shared the engagement news over on his Instagram.

In the snapshot, Lauren, 33, appeared to be in great spirits as she stared at her engagement ring.

The former Bachelor host got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend to marry him.

The two appeared to be standing near the cliff of a mountain.

A round table with a white cover can be spotted next to the newly engaged couple.

He told his followers on social media that he was in "love" with Lauren.

Chris captioned the post: "The next chapter starts now!"

Chris' fiancee hails from Elgin Township, IL.

She also studied journalism at the University of Missouri.

Her first touch with fame was when she appeared on MTV's Disaster Date back in 2010.

Lauren is now a senior producer and host on Entertainment Tonight.

Last year, Chris and Lauren spent quarantine together during the pandemic lockdown.

Back in April 2020, he told People: “I think it’s helped bring us closer together.

“I think it’s helped us love each other more, respect and I think, appreciate the little things in each other a lot more because there is no getting away or just running away from this. We’re stuck. We’re in.”

Back in June, Georgia contestant Rachael Kirkconnell was discovered to have attended an Antebellum plantation-themed party in 2018.

When the photos resurfaced, Chris defended her during an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra.

Also in June, the former host announced his permanent departure from the reality competition show.

He wrote: "I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.

"I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together.

"While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime."

Chris allegedly exited the ABC show with an eight-figure payoff.

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