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Chris Harrison Is 'Stepping Aside' from 'The Bachelor' Amid Racism Controversy, Will Not Host 'After the Final Rose' Special

Chris Harrison Is 'Stepping Aside' from 'The Bachelor' Amid Racism Controversy, Will Not Host 'After the Final Rose' Special

Chris Harrison has announced that he will be stepping aside from The Bachelor for a period of time while he reflects and learns from the current racism controversy.

It all started earlier this week when Chris defended The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell against claims that she had been racist in her past behavior. He said that the “woke police” was out to get her and that there is a difference in how one behaves in 2018 vs. in 2021.

Chris later apologized for his words, but the damage was done and former The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay (who was interviewing the host in the original interview) says that she is leaving the franchise when her current contract is over.

Now, Chris has released another apology and says he will take a break from the show. He also will not be hosting the upcoming After the Final Rose special for Matt James‘ season.

Click inside to read the full statement…

Read Chris Harrison’s Full Letter Below
Hello everyone,

I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. I set standards for myself, and have not met them. I feel that with every fiber of my being. Now, just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same.

By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the tern “woke police,” which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.

To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism.

This historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special. I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before. I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day.

From here I can only try to evolve and be a better man, and I humble myself before all of you. I hope I will again live up to the expectations you all rightfully have for me and the expectations I have for myself.

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