‘The Bachelor’ Matt James calls out Chris Harrison amid furor

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“The Bachelor” star Matt James says going through the latest controversies involving Rachael Kirkconnell and Chris Harrison has been “devastating and heartbreaking.”

In an announcement posted to social media on Monday, James particularly known as out the contestant and host’s “disappointing” actions, in addition to the franchise’s historical past of falling quick on points round race.

“The previous few weeks have been a few of the most difficult of my life, and whereas there are a number of episodes left of the season, it is vital that I take the time to deal with the troubling data that has come to mild since we wrapped filming, together with the extremely disappointing pictures of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison,” wrote James, the primary ever Black lead of “The Bachelor.”

James added that in mild of the scenario, he’s reevaluating his expertise on the present and processing what it represents “for all the contestants of coloration, particularly the Black contestants of this season and seasons previous, and … the viewers at house.”

Earlier this month Kirkconnell, a contestant for James’ affections this season, apologized for racist actions from her previous, together with being photographed at an antebellum-themed frat celebration in 2018.

Harrison, the sequence’ longtime host, defended Kirkconnell in an interview on “Additional” with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first Black lead. He has since apologized and introduced he was “stepping apart” from the present for an undisclosed size of time, together with the “After the Last Rose” particular that follows the finale.

“Chris’s failure to obtain and perceive the emotional labor that my buddy Rachel Lindsay was taking over by graciously and patiently explaining the racist historical past of the Antebellum South, a painful historical past that each American ought to perceive intimately, was troubling and painful to observe,” wrote James. “As Black folks and allies instantly knew and understood, it was a transparent reflection of a a lot bigger challenge that The Bachelor franchise has fallen quick on addressing adequately for years.”

James added that he’ll share extra as he processes his ideas, however that he hopes “that is an inflection level that ends in actual and institutional change for the higher.”

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