Chris Harrison offered his second apology in four days, announcing that he would step aside and that he would not host the After The Final Rose segment.
Chris Harrison announced Saturday on Instagram that he is “stand aside for a period of time” of your duties as host of The Bachelor following his racially insensitive interview Tuesday with Rachel Lindsay on Extra.
Harrison issued a statement the next day, after committing several missteps while defending the racist actions that had emerged online from Matt James’ favorite Rachael Kirkconnell. His responses elicited a response from former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants, as well as many from the Bachelor Nation. The women of BIPOC from season 25 issued a statement, endorsing Lindsay and condemning racism in response. Then Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ men of the season did the same. Harrison’s initial apology was followed a day later by Kirkconnell’s. While those affected by racist actions must decide what is a “good” apology, Kirkconnell offered a much more comprehensive apology, avoiding platitudes like Harrison’s. “I promise to do better.”
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On Saturday, Harrison realized that he needed to do better. He wrote in his statement that he will not join the After the final rose special. I was not sure how long it would be “step aside” for, but mentioned that the decision was made after consulting with Warner Bros. and ABC. Harrison was sorry in his second apology in four days, writing: “By excusing historical racism, I defended it.” Check out his full post below:
This was the right decision for Harrison. He said something that hurt a lot of people, and it wouldn’t have been right for him not to turn away. Following the protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, Harrison made a statement on the importance of diversifying the show. James was cast as The Bachelor, a movement that Lindsay felt may have been a knee-jerk reaction.
If Harrison made this decision because he felt it was really necessary to educate himself, or if the pressure was simply too much for him to remain in his position, it will become clear in time. Lindsay said on her Higher Learning podcast that she wasn’t surprised by what Harrison told her, she was just surprised that he was brave enough to say it on camera. Those who have followed the show for a while were probably not surprised either. What will be really shocking? If Harrison is open to fundamentally changing the franchise for the better. It’s time.
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