Chris Harrison, longtime host of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” announced Saturday that he is “stepping down” from the franchise for an unannounced “period of time”. The Bomb advertisement It comes on the heels of a controversial interview in which he defended racist portrayals of a current contestant.
“This historic season of The Bachelor should not distort my mistakes, obscure my mistakes, or diminish my actions,” wrote Harrison in an Instagram ad, referring to the show’s current leader, Matt James, who is the first black hero. . “To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping down for a while and not be participating in the After Final Rose special.”
Harrison added that he was “dedicated” to educating himself on a deeper and more productive level. “I want to make sure the staff and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and fans: This is not just a moment, but a commitment to a much greater understanding that I will actively do every day,” he said.
Harrison faced growing backlash online this week after defending a contestant accused of racism. Franchise Owner Rachel LindsayOne of the show’s strongest advocates for racial justice, said Friday that she would not renew her contract with the franchise as a result of Harrison’s comments.
“In my justification of historical racism, I have defended it,” Harrison wrote on Saturday. “I invoked the term ‘the police woke up,’ which is unacceptable. I feel ashamed of not knowing. I was so wrong.”
Harrison wrote that he regrets the Black and Babybook community. He said, “My words were harmful.” “I am listening, and I really apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you. I want to extend my sincere thanks to the people from these communities with whom I have had useful conversations over the past few days, and I am also grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my way to countering racism.”
It is unclear how long Harrison will be absent from the franchise, or who will replace it during the special “After the Final Rose”, which was not previously shown.
The controversy began after pictures emerged of Rachel Kirkconnell, this season’s contestant on “The Bachelor,” attending a pre-war themed party in 2018.
Here’s a breakdown of how:
Harrison interview with Rachel Lindsey
Lindsay Harrison asked about Kirkconnell’s photos during an interview on Tuesday. Kirkconnell’s season features Matt James as the Bachelor, marking the first time the franchise has chosen a black man for the role.
“We all need a little grace, a little understanding, a little sympathy,” Harrison told Lindsay. “Because I’ve seen some things on the Internet – this judge, jury, executioner – where people are ripping apart this girl’s life and diving, like her parents, her parents’ vote record. It’s incredibly disturbing to watch this. I haven’t heard Rachel talking about this yet. And until I really hear that this woman has a chance to speak up, who am I to say any of this? ”
Lindsay replied, “Well, it was the photo from 2018 at the old Southern pre-war party.” “This is not a good look.”
“Is it a good outlook in 2018 or is it not a good one in 2021?” Harrison asked.
“It’s not a good look at all,” said Lindsay, adding, “If I go to this party, what am I going to represent in that party?”
“You’re 100% right in 2021,” Harrison said, estimating that “that wasn’t the case in 2018,” estimating that “50 million people did that in 2018.”
“That was a kind of party,” he said, adding that he “does not defend them.”
Harrison and Kirkconnell apologize
After facing a backlash to his comments, Harrison posted an apology on social media on Wednesday.
He said, “To my bachelor family – I’ll always make a mistake when I do wrong, so I’m here to make a sincere apology.” “I have this great platform for talking about love, and yesterday I took a stand on the topics I should have known better.”
He continued, “Although I do not speak for Rachel Kirkconnel, my intention was simply to ask for the grace to give her a chance to speak on her behalf.” “What I now realize that I have done is to cause harm by speaking wrongly in a way that perpetuates racism, which is why I am so sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not hearing her better on a topic she has a direct understanding, and I humbly thank the members of The Bachelor Nation.” Those who contacted me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better. “
Kirkconnell also apologized on Thursday, Writing on Instagram, “I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist. I am sorry to the societies and individuals that my actions have offended my actions and offended me. I feel ashamed of the lack of education, but it is not the responsibility to educate me.”
“I deserve to be held accountable for my actions,” she added. “I will never grow unless I realize that what I did was wrong. I don’t think a single apology means that I deserve your forgiveness, but I do hope to obtain your forgiveness through my future actions.”
The stars of the franchise are talking
Lindsay, who hosts a BA podcast and has appeared frequently on the show, said she will not renew her contract with the franchise when it expires.
“I’m exhausted,” Lindsay said on Friday’s episode of her podcast. “Higher education.”
“The whole reason I did” The Bachelorette “- and I was lucky that he worked for me the most beautiful way to find Bryan – is because I wanted to be a black woman actress for this audience. And I wanted to pave the way for more people to have that opportunity,” Lindsay said on his podcast .
“But how much do I want to belong to? How much can I afford things like this? I said I’d leave if they didn’t have colored strings. Well, they did, and they made some other changes. They hired a diversity counselor – who didn’t attend class.” Did Chris Harrison not sit through that? I’m confused how you can have full advisors working with you, but what just happened. “
“I can’t stand it anymore,” said Lindsay. “I’m contractually bound in some ways. But when it’s over, so am I. I can’t do it anymore.”
James also spoke about his support for Lindsay.
James wrote of his book: “I am very grateful to have Rachel as a mentor this season.” Instagram story Friday. “Your advocacy for the BIPOC franchise is invaluable, and I stand with you and the rest of the women advocating for change and accountability.”
Taychia Adams, the newest bachelorette, said of her Instagram story She said Friday that she was “touched, disappointed, and really confused” by the “ignorance” she saw surrounding conversations about race this week.
Adams, who is Black, added that she was “really hurt” by the response to Kirkconnell’s actions, which she described as blatant racism.
A large number of contestants for the Adams season shared a message on Instagram on Friday, “Denouncing racist behavior and any defense of it.” They added that they “stand united” with Lindsay.
Season 25a contestants have also posted Joint statement On Thursday, Instagram condemned any “defense of racism”.
The statement reads, “Any defense of racist behavior negates the live and ongoing experiences of BIPOC individuals.” “These experiences should not be exploited or symbolized.”
It concluded, “Rachel Lindsay continues to defend individuals who consider BIPOC within this privilege“ with honor. ”Just because she speaks loudest, does not mean that she is alone. We stand with her, hear her, and call for change with her. “