Chris Harrison has apologized. the Single The franchise host spoke on Wednesday amid backlash over his apparent defense of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. alleged racist behavior.
“To my Bachelor Nation family: I will always acknowledge a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” Harrison wrote in a statement posted on Instagram Wednesday night. “I have this amazing platform to talk about love, and yesterday I took a stand on topics that I should have been better informed about.”
“While I am not speaking on behalf of Rachel Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace by offering her the opportunity to speak on her own behalf,” he continued. “What I now realize that I have done is cause harm by speaking incorrectly in a way that perpetuates racism, and for that I am deeply sorry.”
Harrison also apologized to “my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a subject she knows firsthand.”
“[I] “I humbly thank the members of the Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable,” he concluded. “I promise to do better.”
Kirkconnell, a season favorite for Matt James since its premiere last month, has been the subject of controversy and accusations of racist behavior. Right after the premiere, a TikTok user accused Kirkconnell of intimidating her in the past for dating black men, and last week 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. Kirkconnell has yet to release a statement on the allegations.
In a interview with ex single and Extra Correspondent Rachel Lindsay on Tuesday, Harrison addressed those photos of Kirkconnell at an Antebellum party. The host questioned whether the party and Kirkconnell’s presence at it were only considered wrong now, due to last year’s racial reckoning.
“I saw a picture of her at a sorority party Five years ago“Harrison said, before Lindsay shared that the photos were taken in 2018, just three years ago.
“It is [not] a good look in 2018? Or is it not looking good in 2021? “, Answered.” Because there is a big difference. “
Lindsay reminded Harrison that photos don’t look good regardless of when they were taken, and pointed out what she would represent at that party.
“You are absolutely right in 2021,” Harrison said. “That was not the case in 2018.”
Harrison also sparked backlash from fans, with some Single students like Mike Johnson, for his references to the “awake police.” He and Lindsay finally agreed during the interview that Kirkconnell should address the allegations against her sooner. The Bachelor o ABC issues a statement. The host also promised to keep Kirkconnell’s “feet on fire” in any interview after her time on the show.
In an interview with ET last week, James, who was revealed as the first Black Bachelor in June following calls for diversity in the franchise, also said he hopes Kirkconnell will have a chance to speak about the allegations.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone since the show ended, but I would say that you need to be very careful what you are doing on social media,” James said of the various allegations. “Rumors are dark and nasty and can ruin people’s lives. So I would give people the benefit of the doubt, and I hope she has time to talk about it.”
“There are many things about the women who participated in the program,” he added. “It would just give them a chance to have their piece, whether it’s someone who left the first night or someone who went home last night. Everyone has a story, and I’d be receptive to that.”