Rachel Lindsay is not sure she is a host The Bachelor. The future of the franchise has been called into question after Chris Harrison announced that he would be taking time off and not be hosting the next one. After the final rose special with Matt James and his final choice.
The news came in Harrison’s second apology for defending the racist actions of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell in an interview with Lindsay on February 9. Kirkconnell has also issued an apology.
In a preview published by People from Lindsay’s podcast appearance on Wednesday’s episode of Black girls texting, The former bachelorette opens up about whether she would consider taking Harrison’s place as host if her temporary step back becomes permanent.
“Honestly, I can’t even go there. Because one, Chris just said he’s stepping aside, and that’s all I know, he’s not making the end,” says Lindsay. “It’s hard for me to even think about being the host, because in so many ways, the Bachelor Nation has changed my life in the best way possible. But at the same time, it’s really toxic … And I don’t know if I want to submit to that.”
Lindsay currently houses the Bachelor happy hour podcast with Becca Kufrin, but recently said she would not renew her contract with the Single franchise after this latest controversy. In Black girls texting, Lindsay says she doesn’t want to play with the idea that she’s looking for Harrison’s job.
“I don’t know if I want to get into the whole line of thought that people think I did this to get Chris Harrison’s job. It’s so wild,” he says. “Yeah, I went to an interview with a person to recap last night’s episode and I was like, ‘You know what? Today is the day I’m going to try to take your job away.’ How could I think like that? But that’s the kind of things that people say about me. So for me, I really don’t know, I don’t know if that’s something that is for me. “
“Honestly, I could see they didn’t have [a host] not at all, “share.” If Chris decided to say, ‘I don’t want to do this at all’ or ‘I’m going to go, my time is up’, I might watch them [replacing him]. I mean, before quarantine, I was barely on the show anyway. I think they could [do] narration, brings a past contestant. But for me, I don’t know. And because it’s so 50/50 how people feel about me, I don’t even think they would offer it. “
Another consideration for Lindsay is whether she would be free to say whatever comes to her mind.
“Could you speak like that? [if I was the host]? I don’t want them to muzzle me. That freedom to say how I feel and demand a change and speak, I couldn’t do it in the same way if I were the host, “she says.” But on the other hand, if it was, then it would be a person in power who could say, ‘Hey, we have to do this.
“That’s what I keep preaching more than anything,” he continues. “More than having a replacement host, you have to have someone in power who is a person of color who understands it, who understands it. Because, as we are seeing over and over again, even with leadership [of color]He’s still not getting it, because we’re seeing things happen that they shouldn’t. “
Right after Matt James Single premiere in January, a TikTok user accused Kirkconnell – one of the show’s early favorites – 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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