Chris Harrison briefly ‘stepping aside’ from ‘The Bachelor’ in wake of racist controversy

“The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison has announced that he is “stepping aside” from the franchise for “a time period of time” amid controversy around his protection of present contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racist actions. For that reason, he will not look on the “After the Final Rose” unique, which will air immediately after the show’s time finale.

“The historic period of The Bachelor need to not be marred or overshadowed by my errors or diminished by my steps. To that conclusion, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a time period of time and will not join for the Following the Ultimate Rose distinctive,” Harrison wrote. “I am devoted to receiving educated on a additional profound and effective level than at any time prior to.”

Harrison has been given prevalent criticism immediately after an interview on “Extra” with previous “Bachelorette,” Rachel Lindsay, where by he spoke extensively via a 14-moment discussion, seemingly defending a racist social media controversy swirling around Kirkconnell, who experienced previous photos resurface on social media — in the pictures, she is seen attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018, and she also allegedly preferred photographs on social media made up of the Confederate flag.

In the statement, issued on Saturday, Harrison apologized all over again for his comments about Kirkconnell’s resurfaced photos. “By excusing historic racism, I defended it,” Harrison wrote. “I invoked the phrase ‘woke law enforcement,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed in excess of how uninformed I was. I was so completely wrong.”

“To the Black neighborhood, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were damaging. I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any agony it triggered you,” Harrison continued. “I want to give my heartfelt many thanks to the persons from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with above the past few days, and I am so grateful to all those who have achieved out to assistance me on my route to anti-racism.”

It is currently unclear just how lengthy Harrison’s hiatus will be or who will be getting over his role all through the “After the Remaining Rose” special.

Throughout the interview with Lindsay, showing up to converse out from terminate culture, Harrison argued that Kirkconnell obtaining blasted online was probably unfair, provided that the photographs were being taken in the previous.

“The photo was from 2018 at an Outdated South antebellum get together,” Lindsay responded to Harrison. “That’s not a excellent search.”

Harrison turned defensive and argued, “Well, Rachel is it a excellent look in 2018? Or, is it not a very good seem in 2021? For the reason that there’s a huge change.”

“It’s not a excellent glance ever,” Lindsay claimed. She added, “If I went to that social gathering, what would I depict at that get together?”

Kirkconnell, a frontrunner contestant on Matt James’ time, apologized just after Harrison, stating, “I did not understand how offensive and racist my steps were being, but that does not justification them…I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

James is the franchise’s to start with Black bachelor.

In the wake of swift backlash, Harrison issued an apology, stating: “I took a stance on subjects about which I need to have been better educated. What I now notice I have done is result in harm by wrongly talking in a fashion that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry. I also apologize to my mate Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her superior on a matter she has a to start with-hand knowing of, and humbly thank the associates of Bachelor Nation who have arrived at out to me to keep me accountable. I guarantee to do far better.”

Shortly right after the job interview caught fireplace and grew to become subject of intense controversy on the web, Lindsay went on her podcast and shared that she and Harrison has spoken privately where by he apologized, but that she was having a difficult time accepting the apology. She stated that she would not renew her deal with Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind “The Bachelor” franchise.

The current female contestants on this period of “The Bachelor” banded with each other to issue a statement to denounce the protection of racism. “Twenty-five ladies who identify as BIPOC were forged on this historic season that was meant to represent change,” the statement read through. “We are deeply let down and want to make it crystal clear that we denounce any protection of racism.”

Criticism has been mounting in the times considering the fact that the job interview was revealed by “Extra” with numerous Bachelor Country speaking out in opposition to Harrison, even with a modify.org petition launching, contacting for Harrison to be fired.

Tayshia Adams, the 2nd Black “Bachelorette,” after Lindsay (whose casting was historic for the franchise), spoke out from the over-all diversity issues that have very long-plagued the franchise, declaring on her podcast, “First, I consider we’re heading to want to hear from the franchise as a total in not standing for racism…Just since you have a Black guide or a handful of of them does not imply you are not racist.”

Nicole Acevedo contributed.