‘The Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison is ‘stepping apart’ amid controversy

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The primary season of “The Bachelor” to function a Black main man (Matt James) has generated a racial controversy whose first casualty seems to be … host Chris Harrison.

The 49-year-old host, after defending a contestant’s historical past of racially questionable actions, introduced by way of Instagram on Saturday that he could be “stepping apart” for an undisclosed interval, together with the post-finale particular, “After the Closing Rose.” Harrison, who’s white, has hosted the present and a number of other spinoffs because it debuted in 2002.

Rachael Kirkconnell and Matt James on "The Bachelor"

Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell with “The Bachelor” star Matt James.

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“I’ve spent the previous few days listening to the ache my phrases have brought about, and I’m deeply remorseful. My ignorance did injury to my associates, colleagues and strangers alike. I’ve nobody accountable however myself for what I stated and the best way I spoke,” he wrote, partially.

“By excusing historic racism, I defended it. I invoked the time period ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I’m ashamed over how uninformed I used to be. I used to be so flawed.”

For these unfamiliar with the controversy, one of many main contestants on the present season, Rachael Kirkconnell, who’s white, had come beneath fireplace on social media. TikTok consumer Maddy Bierster wrote, “girlieeee, keep in mind once you bullied me in highschool for liking black guys???” One other consumer, The Feminist Mama, attacked Kirkconnell for her obvious conservative political leanings, but in addition for liking Instagram pictures with Accomplice flags in them and dressing up as a Native American. Lately, a 2018 photograph surfaced which may be Kirkconnell at a plantation-themed fraternity formal.

James, who had stated on the present that he was “falling in love” with Kirkconnell, urged warning relating to the accusations in a Feb. 2 interview: “Rumors are darkish and nasty and may smash individuals’s lives. So I’d give individuals the good thing about the doubt, and hopefully she may have her time to talk on that.”

On Feb. 9, Harrison was interviewed by former “Bachelorette” contestant Rachel Lindsay, who’s black on “Further.” When Lindsay referred to as the frat occasion photograph of Kirkconnell “not a great look,” Harrison requested, “Is it [not] a great look in 2018 or is it not a great look in 2021?

“My guess? These ladies acquired dressed up and went to a celebration and had a good time, they have been 18 years outdated. Now, does that make it OK? I don’t know, Rachel, you inform me. Have been all of us wanting by way of [that lens] in 2018?”

Following a backlash, he issued an preliminary apology on Instagram on Wednesday.

Kirkconnell, for her half, issued an Instagram apology of her personal Thursday, saying partially, “I’m right here to say I used to be flawed. At one level, I didn’t acknowledge how offensive and racist my actions have been, however that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it occurred doesn’t excuse something. They don’t seem to be acceptable or okay in any sense. I used to be ignorant, however my ignorance was racist … I hope I can earn your forgiveness by way of my future actions.”

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