Bachelor's Chris Harrison says he is 'ashamed' after 'defending racism' & will be 'stepping aside' from hosting
BACHELOR’S Chris Harrison says he is “ashamed” after “defending racism” and will NOT be hosting the After The Final Rose special.
The long time host posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram where he acknowledged that his “ignorance did damage to friends, colleagues and strangers alike”.
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The 49-year-old wrote on Instagram: "I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful.
"My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke."
He went on: "By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term 'woke police,' which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uniformed I was. I was so wrong."
The Bachelor Nation star went on to reveal that he will be stepping aside from hosting the After The Final Rose special to get educated on a "more profound and productive level than ever before."
Chris's comments follow weeks of outrage over photos showing current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell attending an “Old South” plantation party in 2018.
Kirkconnell was also alleged to have liked racist social media posts in the past.
One snap that she had liked shows two Caucasian women dressed in a hula outfit posing in front a Confederate flag.
During an awkward interview withformer Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in franchise history – Chris asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael.
Following his comments, fans demanded the longtime host be fired and 25 women from the current season rallied together to denounce the hosts’ stance in a joint statement.
“We are the women of Bachelor Season 25. Twenty-five women who identify as BIPOC were cast on this historic season that was meant to represent change.
“We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism.
“Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized,” the group said.
On February 11, 2021, The Bachelor contestant broke her silence on the race ow.
Taking to Instagram she apologized and pledged to educate herself while encouraging others to learn from her mistakes, writing: "Racial progress and unity are impossible without (white) accountability, and I deserve to be held accountable for my actions."
The Bachelor host, Chris Harrison issued an apology after he was slammed for "perpetuating racism" as he "defended" Kirkconnell.
Harrison came under fire for his comments with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay about the Matt James frontrunners current “racist” scandal.
In an interview on February 9, 2021, with Lindsay – the first Black lead in franchise history – Harrison said: “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.
“Because I've seen some stuff online… again, this 'judge, jury, executioner' thing where people are just tearing this girl's life apart.
“And diving into…her parents voting record…it's unbelievably alarming to watch this!
"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 [anything]?”
Then on February 10, 2021, Harrison took to Instagram and apologized for his comments in the interview, calling them a “mistake” in a lengthy post.
Bachelor fans are now demanding ABC fire Harrison for "defending" Kirkconnell's "racist" allegations.
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