Looking forward. Rachel Lindsay mentioned Chris Harrison’s future on — or off — the Bachelor franchise after he stepped apart over their controversial interview about Rachael Kirkconnell.
“Where do we go as a franchise? It’s kind of hard to say,” the previous Bachelorette, 35, stated on Extra on Monday, February 15. “Chris has stepped aside, which I think is the right decision because, like he said, he needs to take time to get educated and on a profound and productive level to use his words. And I think he needs to understand what was done, what was wrong and what he said in that interview, and he needs time. He’s stepped away to do that. As a franchise, though, where do you go from here?”
When Lindsay’s cohost Billy Bush requested her whether or not she thinks the franchise ought to reduce ties with its longtime host, 49, for good, she responded, “I think you have to see what happens. I don’t want to play into things too quick to judge someone, right? Am I disappointed? Absolutely. Do I agree with what happened in that interview? No. But at the same time, he has taken the steps to issue not one but two apologies.”
That stated, the legal professional believes that Harrison could have a tricky highway forward ought to he get the chance to come again.
“To see the contestants come together and speak out and to say what they don’t stand for, I don’t know how we continue in this way,” she defined. “How do you when people of Bachelor Nation are upset, the contestants of this very show, the leads of the show? How does he go on to represent the franchise when people are so upset by what they saw in that interview that we had?”
The former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host introduced through Instagram on Saturday, February 13, that he could be taking a while off in order that his “mistakes” and “actions” wouldn’t overshadow Matt James’ historic season of The Bachelor. He additionally confirmed that he won’t seem within the After the Final Rose particular.
“I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused and I am deeply remorseful,” Harrison continued. “My ignorance did damage to my friends, my colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. … I was so wrong.”
The TV persona got here beneath fireplace on February 9 after he defended James’ contestant Kirkconnell’s previous racially insensitive actions throughout an Extra interview with Lindsay. (Lindsay was the primary Black Bachelorette, and James is the primary Black Bachelor.)
Harrison referred to as on Bachelor Nation to have “a little understanding, a little compassion” towards Kirkconnell, 24, after pictures surfaced of her at a plantation-themed celebration in school. He then requested, “Is it [not] a good look in 2018 or is it not a good look in 2021?”
Several Bachelor and Bachelorette alums, together with the entire ladies from James’ season who establish as BIPOC, subsequently spoke out towards Harrison. Kirkconnell, for her half, apologized through Instagram on Thursday, February 11, writing partially, “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”
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