Apology Tour: Chris Harrison Speaks Out For The First Time Since Stepping Away From ‘The Bachelor’ [Video]

Following his explosive interrogation with Rachel Lindsay and subsequently stepping away from The Bachelor franchise, Chris Harrison is speaking out for the first time.


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In an exclusive interrogation with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America, the longtime Bachelor host addressed the comments he made representing current Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, whose social media announces picture her “liking” a photo containing a Confederate flag and attending an” Old South” plantation-themed party in 2018.

” I am an fallible subject, I made a mistake and I own that ,” Harrison said on GMA.” I believe that misstep doesn’t wonder who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress , not just for myself, likewise for the right. And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I enjoy it .”

In this new interview, Harrison stepped back previous remarks he made about Kirkconnell’s 2018 photos at an Old South antebellum party being fine in 2018, claiming” 50 million people” attended similar parties that time. He continued to blame the “woke police” for taking issues with things parties have done in the past, connoting these actions merely became” not a good gaze” in 2021.

When Michael Strahan pulped Harrison on whether there is a difference between Kirkconnell’s photos not has become a good is currently considering 2018 or 2021, Chris replied,” There is no such thing as. Antebellum gatherings are not OK. Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable .”

While Harrison says he has already rationalized to Lindsay, only last week, she deactivated her Instagram account as she’s been the target of harassment from devotees mad about the emcee being “fired.”

” I am upset and outraged at how unconcerned I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay. I can’t believe I didn’t speak against antebellum gatherings, what they stand for ,” said Harrison.” I didn’t say it then and I want to say it now: those parties are not OK, past, present, future. And I didn’t speak from my center. And that is to say that I stand against all forms of racism, and I am deeply sorry to Rachel Lindsay and to the Black community .”

He continued,” To anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable .”

While many supporters were hoping for a change to the franchise, moving forward, Harrison hopes to come back to continue hosting in the future.

” I plan to be back and I want to be back. And I think this franchise can be an important lighthouse of change ,” he said.” I know that modify is felt , not just by me, but by many others. And we are excited and willing to do the work to show that progress .”

Harrison continued,” This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done. And I am excited to be a part of that vary .”

In the interim, bestselling columnist, Emmanuel Acho will fill in for Chris for the” After the Final Rose” episode.

Acho legions the widely favourite online succession “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, ” which dives into meaningful dialogue around ethnic stupidity. The onetime NFL linebacker is also an psychoanalyst for the Fox Sports show “Speak for Yourself.”

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