Chris Harrison Briefly ‘Stepping Aside’ From ‘The Bachelor’ in Wake of Racist Controversy

During the interview with Lindsay, appearing to speak out against cancel culture, Harrison argued that Kirkconnell getting blasted online was perhaps unfair, given that the photos were taken in the past.
Harrison became defensive and argued, “Well, Rachel is it a good look in 2018? Because there’s a big difference.” Or, is it not a good look in 2021?
In the wake of swift backlash, Harrison issued an apology, stating: "I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed. I promise to do better." I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry.
She added, “If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party?” “It’s not a good look ever,” Lindsay said.
Criticism has been mounting in the days since the interview was published by "Extra" with many Bachelor Nation speaking out against Harrison, even with a change.org petition launching, calling for Harrison to be fired.
"To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. "I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I've had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism." I am listening, and I truly apologie for my ignorance and any pain it caused you," Harrison continued.
In the statement, issued on Saturday, Harrison apologized again for his comments about Kirkconnell's resurfaced photos. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. "By excusing historical racism, I defended it," Harrison wrote. I was so wrong." "I invoked the term 'woke police,' which is unacceptable.
She said that she would not renew her contract with Warner Bros. Shortly after the interview caught fire and became subject of intense controversy online, Lindsay went on her podcast and shared that she and Harrison has spoken privately where he apologized, but that she was having a challenging time accepting the apology. TV, the studio behind "The Bachelor" franchise.
Kirkconnell, a frontrunner contestant on Matt James' season, apologized after Harrison, stating, "I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them…I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist."
"I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before." and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special," Harrison wrote. "The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros.
It is currently unclear just how long Harrison's hiatus will be or who will be taking over his role during the "After the Final Rose" special.
Harrison has received widespread criticism after an interview on "Extra" with former "Bachelorette," Rachel Lindsay, where he spoke extensively through a 14-minute discussion, seemingly defending a racist social media controversy swirling around Kirkconnell, who had former photos resurface on social media — in the images, she is seen attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018, and she also allegedly liked photos on social media containing the Confederate flag.
"The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison has announced that he is "stepping aside" from the franchise for "a period of time" amid controversy over his defense of current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past racist behavior. Therefore, he will not appear on the "After the Final Rose" special, which will air after the show's season finale.
“Twenty-five women who identify as BIPOC were cast on this historic season that was meant to represent change," the statement read. "We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism." The current female contestants on this season of "The Bachelor" banded together to issue a statement to denounce the defense of racism.
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Tayshia Adams, the second Black "Bachelorette," after Lindsay (whose casting was historical for the franchise), spoke out against the overall diversity issues that have long-plagued the franchise, saying on her podcast, “First, I think we’re going to need to hear from the franchise as a whole in not standing for racism…Just because you have a Black lead or a few of them doesn’t mean you’re not racist.”” />
"The picture was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party," Lindsay responded to Harrison. "That’s not a good look.”

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