During the chat, the previous Bachelorette, 35, recapped the present with Harrison, 49, earlier than asking the host what his ideas had been on Rachael Kirkconnell. The present Bachelor contestant — who made it to Matt James‘ last 4 on the Monday, February 15, episode — is beneath hearth for “liking” racially charged Instagram posts and for attending an Old South social gathering in 2018.
At the time of the Extra interview, Kirkconnell, 24, had not apologized for her previous actions — one thing Lindsay voiced her concern about to the producer.
“We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record,” Harrison stated on the time. “I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”
When Lindsay famous that Kirkconnell had six weeks to talk out, Harrison appeared to proceed to defend her. “Who is Rachel Lindsay and who is Chris Harrison and who is whatever woke police person out there, who are you [to tell her to speak out]?” he requested. “I’ve heard this a lot of, ‘I think she should,’ ‘I think he should.’ Who the hell are you? Who are you that you demand that?”
The interview was adopted by a large amount of backlash by each followers of the franchise and Bachelor Nation members alike. Lindsay, for her half, has spoken out quite a few instances because the interview, revealing that she desires to step away from the franchise.
“Chris loves to keep saying, ‘We’ve had these conversations, so, I’m gonna go ahead and use that. Because we’ve had these conversations.’ [I] wasn’t shocked at what he said. I’m just shocked [that] he said it on camera,” she stated on her “Higher Learning” podcast three days after the Extra interview. “As far as me, I’m f—king tired. I’m exhausted. I have truly had enough. … How much more do I want to be affiliated with this? How much more can I take of things like this? I said I was gonna leave if they didn’t have leads of color. OK, they did that, and they made some other changes. They hired a diversity consultant — who didn’t attend the class? Did Chris Harrison not sit through that? I’m confused as to how you could have whole consultants working for you, yet what happened just happened … I can’t take it anymore. I’m contractually bound in some ways. But when it’s up, I am too. I can’t do it anymore.”
Scroll by means of the gallery beneath for a full timeline — from the Extra interview and Kirkconnell’s apology to Harrison selecting to take a break from the franchise.