“The Bachelor” franchise has been going through a truly rough time lately, but one good thing has come from all the mess: an apology. The franchise’s host Chris Harrison has issued a public apology to former contestant turned bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.
“To my Bachelor Nation family — I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” wrote Harrison in an Instagram post. The 49-year-old was called out for defending contestant Rachel Kirkconnell after news broke that she engaged in racist behavior while in college.
Rachel Shared Her Thoughts On The Shows Controversy
Lindsay recently responded sharing that she does accept the TV show host’s apology. “I do accept the apology, and I think it’s important for me to say that because I haven’t really talked about, you know, Chris and the statement because I’m not trying to make this a Chris-versus-Rachel.” S
he also went on to share that Harrison has now apologized to her twice with the second apology happening on “Good Morning America”. “I think it’s important for me to say that because we need to move forward.”
Chris’ Apology Came As A Shock
Lindsay admitted that she never expected an apology from Harrison or anyone related to the franchise. “I wasn’t expecting him, you know, to address what’s been going on with me because this is the first time we’ve heard from Chris, but the fact that he did address the harassment and the hate that I’ve been receiving, I really appreciate that.”
In the spirt of trying to give people a second chance, Lindsay believes that moving forward from this point on will be the best thing for everyone involved, including herself.
Rachel Is Already Moving On
“For me, for us to move forward, I need to accept the apology, so we can all be better from this situation, which is what we want.” When she was prompted to elaborate on what she considers “moving forward”, Lindsay said, “There are a lot of issues that have come up because of this interview, and I think it’s important that we continue the conversation, we continue to move forward. And I think that’s the best thing that we can hope for out of all of this.”
The Show Has A Lot Of Drama
“The Bachelor” franchise has had its fair share of drama, but the racism controversy has been ongoing throughout the series. Kirkconnell was just one of the latest contestants to find themselves embroiled in drama. Harrison stepping in to comment though is not the norm for the franchise. Due to the controversy, the host decided to step away for a short period of time but made sure his fans knew that he will be back to the show he has been hosting since 2002.