‘Bachelor’ Host Chris Harrison Apologizes for Perpetuating Racism While Defending Contestant

Longtime host of ABC’s the “Bachelor” walked back commentary he made in defense of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s recent plantation photo controversy.

In a Tuesday interview with Rachel Lindsay, the first Black female “Bachelorette” in franchise history, the pair debated the weight of the photos, with Harrison encouraging “compassion” before lashing out at Kirkconnell.

“This is, again, where we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion,” he remarked. “I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. And until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”

Lindsay replied that the photo in question “”was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party … that’s not a good look.” While Harrison contested, “Well, Rachel is it a good look in 2018? Or, is it not a good look in 2021? Because there’s a big difference.”

“It’s not a good look ever,” Lindsay rebuked, “because she’s celebrating the Old South. If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party?”

“You’re 100% right in 2021. That was not the case in 2018,” Harrison countered, “I just know that, I don’t know, 50 million people did that in 2018…. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. And again, I’m not defending it; I didn’t go to it. We are not looking under the same lens.”

Unappeased, she shot back: “That’s the problem… we weren’t looking through those lenses and we should have been. And just because it was a popular party, you know, doesn’t necessarily make it right.”

Bachelor Nation reacted with outrage and calls for his job. Former contestant Brett Vergara posted, “Instead of Chris Harrison releasing a notes app apology to Rachel Lindsay for that disturbing interview in a few hours or days, how about ABC just gives her his job?”

Harrison apologized the next day. “I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics which I should have been better informed. While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf,” he wrote on Instagram.

“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. 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,” Harrison wrapped. “I promise to do better.”

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Cancel Culture sucks
Cancel Culture sucks
23 days ago

Harrison! Wtf never apologize. That Rachel Lindsay chick seems really miserable. She’s going around causing problems when their doesn’t need to be any. Who is she to decide what’s racists and what’s not? She seems to think the world revolves around getting revenge for slavery and that blacks are the only ones to ever be held as servants. What a joke. Usually the ones looking for racism all their lives are the true miserable racists. I truly hope Harrison comes back. He’s a good guy. I can’t say how I know him, but trust me there isn’t one racist bone in his body. I can’t believe he caved though! Dude!! That Rachel woman is after your job.

Allen
Allen
23 days ago

Hey Harrison, YOU ARE A MORON for apologizing. These people don’t care.

Anti communism
Anti communism
23 days ago

Horse shit, these communist/marxist need to just take their ass to another country and try to push their dislikes on them and see what it gets them, you can not change the past as it already happened trying to make history disappear will not change it, but you can change the future by understanding that time are different now and that what happeded then or was said then has no bearing on now. Your hate is worse than what you profess to dislike.

Last edited 23 days ago by Anti communism
dale brown
23 days ago

Unreal! Crock of crap. Don’t try it on me because you will not like my response. Nobody owes you anything except your own self. Don’t like were God placed you? Discuss it with the creator not annoying everyone else.

markypolo
23 days ago

What a fcking moron! War is the outcome to save America from……………..Democrats!

Red
Red
22 days ago

Asking for the speaker’s opinion is NOT “being racist!” The attacker had no business saying what she did — it was unprofessional and unkind.

Buck
Buck
22 days ago

I’m trying to figure out what was said wrong. this crap has got to stop. Being woke is the new tardism

Ann Cook
Ann Cook
22 days ago
Reply to  Buck

Don’t you know the very WORST SIN in the world is RACISM, the hint of it, the misuse of certain words, etc. It is worse than murder, than theft, than rape, than physical abuse of women, of children, of animals. Even the word RACE has a negative connotation. It no longer means groups of people with commonalities with others in that group and differences from those in other groups, but it has a negative connotation. It means you can’t be like others of another race & that seems bad to some people who really want to be another race instead of reviling in & enjoying their unique race with its differences. Such a shame that certain people are so fragile & sensitive that they have to accuse others of a crime if their feelings are hurt.
They also can’t look at anything that reminds them of a past time in our history if it offends them as if that can change what has happened. So, so sad.

Donna
Donna
22 days ago

Ok….your ancestors sold each other…..some came to America and faced the evils of slavery……Chinese came to America faced similar out come…..Irish…..get the picture. Stop cuddling the history of this GREAT country…..

Jeff Adickes
22 days ago

All this kissing as s and trying to appease these combatants must stop! Quit destroying America

scd
scd
22 days ago

He should have told them to go pound sand or maybe stuff their P.C. up their backsides

Steve
Steve
22 days ago

Chris, there is nothing to apologize about. You had nothing to do with it. You were being baited by the left who think everything they do not like is wrong. It is bullshit just like BLM being nominated for the Nobel peace prize. C’mon give me a f—–g break. They are worse than the KKK.

Betty Cestari
Betty Cestari
22 days ago

Chris you did the best you could under tough circumstances. There is a lot of history in the South it can’t be changed. Just because of where a party was held does not indicate anything. Sounds like a democratic view always looking for trouble.

ben
ben
22 days ago

Harrison did nothing wrong and owed no apology. The old gal is an obvious racist activist. there was no ill will intended in2018 by the other contestant.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
22 days ago

Enough. We’re one nation and we have Blacks, whites, et al. Seems the war of secession ended any allowable racial resentment. Most of us still alive in the 21st Century got past the fact and obsolete resentment early in our lives. Most simply learned to appreciate people as just people. Racism that remains today may exist until those who harbor it die, hopefully not due to their racism. This non-news item merely rakes up crap that isn’t quite fully buried yet.

beverly
beverly
22 days ago

Holy Cow, this race issue is becoming over the top — stop the insanity — We are Black — We are White —We are Yellow — We have slant eyes – we have yellow skin— we have big hair— we have no hair — STOP AKREADY

bcijms
bcijms
22 days ago
Reply to  beverly

Different times, different mores. Destroying statues and history won’t change the past.
Worry about the future not about what was acceptable years ago. The world has changed, accept where it’s going without recrimination for the past or it will never change. It’s like a partrnership/marriage even, destined to fail when one constantly harps on past problems even while the other is changing. G-d Bless America.

Laxmom
Laxmom
21 days ago

Wtf? Now I’ve heard everything. These morons are triggered by that when a democrat governor posing in blackface gets a pass? Bunch of effing hypocrites. I don’t feel the least bit sorry or compassion for these idiots! Grow the hell up and quit acting like everything offends you!

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