- Jul 31, 2007
So I'm guessing not many of you follow Bachelor stuff, but this has been a real shitstorm over the last few days. Honestly, I'm just laughing at the bizarre overreaction but I still find it intriguing to keep up with.
Harrison has received widespread criticism after an interview on “Extra” with former “Bachelorette,” Rachel Lindsay, where he spoke extensively through a 14-minute discussion, seemingly defending a racist social media controversy swirling around Kirkconnell, who had former photos resurface on social media — in the images, she is seen attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018, and she also allegedly liked photos on social media containing the Confederate flag.
In the statement, issued on Saturday, Harrison apologized again for his comments about Kirkconnell’s resurfaced photos. “By excusing historical racism, I defended it,” Harrison wrote. “I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”
“To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. I am listening, and I truly apologie for my ignorance and any pain it caused you,” Harrison continued. “I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism.”
“The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison has announced that he is “stepping aside” from the franchise for “a period of time” amid controversy over his defense of curre…