Some Fans Want His Removal, But Chris Harrison Says He Plans To Return To ‘The Bachelor’
EXCLUSIVE: “It was a mistake.” #TheBachelor host Chris Harrison apologizes for defending frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racist social media posts, telling @michaelstrahan he is an “imperfect man” who is “committed to progress.” https://t.co/OfPBBzGd9s pic.twitter.com/0EgbKV99DV— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 4, 2021
As some of you may know, longtime host of ‘The Bachelor’ Chris Harrison was forced to step away from his hosting duties last month.
The drama started because of an interview on February 9 with Rachel Lindsay. During the interview, Harrison defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who was accused of liking photos of the Confederate flag and attending a 2018 antebellum plantation-themed party.
He didn’t say anything too outrageous, but at times he came across as a grumpy old white man, who was afraid of a future where people have to be held accountable for past mistakes.
The internet slammed him after the interview. They slammed him for defending Kirkconnell and for talking over Rachel during the interview. The backlash was so intense that Harrison had to step away from hosting the current season of The Bachelor.
And now, in his first interview in over a month, Harrison sat down for a lengthy interview with Michael Strahan.
I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise. And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I love it.
I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay. I can’t believe I didn’t speak against antebellum parties, what they stand for. I didn’t say it then and I want to say it now: Those parties are not OK, past, present, future. And I didn’t speak from my heart. And that is to say that I stand against all forms of racism, and I am deeply sorry to Rachel Lindsay and to the Black community.
He went on to say he’s been educating himself following the interview by seeking out scholars, teachers, and faith leaders. He called out Michael Eric Dyson by name, because he says he focuses on “council” — not “cancel.”
The biggest news to come from the interview was that Harrison plans to return to the hit ABC show.
I plan to be back and I want to be back. And I think this franchise can be an important beacon of change. I know that change is felt, not just by me, but by many others. And we are excited and willing to do the work to show that progress. This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done. And I am excited to be a part of that change.
We’ll see if he gets his wish. Either way, you’re gonna anger a portion of your fanbase. ABC has to decide which base has more supporters.