Rachel Lindsay Reacts To Chris Harrison Leaving The ‘Bachelor’ Franchise For Good

Former star of “The Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay reacted to information that Chris Harrison, longtime host of ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise, is leaving the collection following backlash over his feedback throughout their on-air dialogue about racism in February.

Lindsay, a correspondent on “Additional,” mentioned on the present Tuesday that she wasn’t “anticipating” Harrison to go away “The Bachelor” franchise for good. 

“I wasn’t anticipating for it to occur, not after the announcement,” she mentioned throughout a dialog with co-host Billy Bush, in accordance with Individuals

Harrison, who additionally served as an govt producer on seasons of “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs, addressed his departure on Instagram, writing Monday that he’s had an “unbelievable run as host” of the franchise. He had hosted the truth present for almost twenty years.  

He garnered extensive backlash in February after he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a white contestant accused of racism, throughout an interview with Lindsay, who had been the franchise’s first Black Bachelorette.

Kirkconnell, who gained the twenty fifth season that includes Bachelor Matt James ― the primary Black lead of the collection ― appeared in photographs that surfaced on-line of her attending a racist “Previous South” ball hosted by a chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity in 2018. Followers of the franchise have additionally criticized her for liking photographs containing the Accomplice flag and for reportedly sharing pro-police messaging amid Black Lives Matter protests final summer time. One girl alleged that Kirkconnell had bullied her in highschool for liking Black guys.

The “Bachelor” contestant posted an apology in February, calling a few of her previous actions “offensive and racist.” 

However earlier than Kirkconnell printed an apology, Harrison insisted to Lindsay that the general public ought to have given her “grace” and “understanding” after photographs displaying her on the “Previous South” social gathering emerged on-line. He referred to as the 24-year-old a “poor woman” and criticized the “woke police.”

When Lindsay questioned Harrison on what it will have meant for her ― a Black girl ― to attend an “Previous South” social gathering, Harrison conceded that Lindsay was “100% proper in 2021,” however he charged that that social gathering was doubtless not seen as offensive in 2018 ― three years in the past. 

Harrison initially introduced in February that he was briefly stepping away from the franchise after the interview aired.

Lindsay mentioned on “Additional” earlier this week that she believes the mounting criticism towards Harrison, along with her interview, led to his everlasting exit. 

“I believe a number of previous contestants coming ahead and saying they didn’t need him to be a part of ‘Paradise’; I believe Katie Thurston, her final tweet earlier than she went to movie her season was that Chris wanted to step away ― I believe that, coupled with the interview that occurred on this very stage, possibly led to him not coming again,” Lindsay mentioned, in accordance with Individuals.

Thurston, the star of the present season of “The Bachelorette,” tweeted an announcement supporting Lindsay in February and slammed those that attacked the “Additional” host over her interview with Harrison. 

“I’ll all the time be a Rachel Lindsay supporter,” she wrote, partly. 

Thurston instructed The Hollywood Reporter in an interview printed Monday that she had her “personal issues” in regards to the racism controversy surrounding the franchise and ongoing criticism in regards to the lack of illustration of individuals of coloration within the franchise’s solid and crew. 

“I undoubtedly need range in my solid,” she mentioned. “And I would like it to be a platform for these males to be heard. That’s what that is about — their tales, the love and rather less of what everybody else noticed earlier than.”

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