Amid host Chris Harrison’s break from The Bachelor, other Bachelor Nation members are talking about how they would feel returning to the franchise.
Harrison recently announced that he would be taking time off and would not be hosting the next After the final rose special with Matt James and his final choice. The news came in Harrison’s second apology for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s racist actions in an interview with former single Rachel Lindsay on February 9. Kirkconnell also apologized.
Previous Bachelorette party said finalist Ivan Hall in an interview with E! Daily Pop on Tuesday he thought it was the right move for Harrison to “step back for now”.
However, the 28-year-old engineer admitted that the controversy has left him with mixed feelings about returning to the franchise, either inBachelor in Paradise or future seasons of The Bachelor or High school.
“In the future, honestly, I don’t know how this will all work out,” he noted, “but for me, for example, if they have future shows and if they asked me to participate in Like Bachelor in Paradise or something like that, and I’m sure a lot of other contestants feel that way too, I wouldn’t feel comfortable if Chris was there, to be frank. “
“[I’m] Not to say that he can’t recover, that he can’t learn from all this, “Hall added,” but, you know … it would be too soon, really. I think you need to take some time to examine yourself and have a lot of difficult conversations and understand why you believe the things you believe at this point in your life. “
Right after The Bachelor Released in January, starring James as the franchise’s first black lead, a TikTok user accused early leader Kirkconnell to intimidate her in the past for dating black men. So another user accused Kirkconnell of liking racist photos. Photos of Kirkconnell have also appeared in an Old South plantation themed party while I was in college.
In a statement on Instagram on February 11, Kirkconnell apologized and said that he hoped “to earn your forgiveness through my future actions.”
That apology came a day after Harrison issued his own statement, apologizing for “speaking incorrectly in a way that perpetuates racism” by defending Kirkconnell’s racist actions and asking people to offer him “grace.”
Many fans continued to speak out against Harrison, while nearly every contestant on James’ season, including Kirkconnell, shared a post condemning “any defense of racism.”
In a follow-up statement on February 13, Harrison revealed that he would be away for a “period of time.”
“In excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke up the police’, which is unacceptable. I am ashamed of how uninformed I was. I was so wrong,” he continued in part, before sending a message to Black. and BIPOC communities.
“The historic season of The Bachelor it must not be clouded or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will step aside for a while, “Harrison wrote.
Meanwhile, James released a statement on Instagram on Monday, calling the information that has emerged as “concerning.”
“The reality is that I am learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” he wrote, in part. “Chris’s inability to receive and understand the emotional work that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on in kindly and patiently explaining the racist history of Antebellum South, a painful story that every American should immediately understand, was disturbing and painful to watch. As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger problem than The Bachelor the franchise has failed to address it properly for years. ”
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