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Chris Harrison Apologizes for Defending 'The Bachelor' Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell Against Racism Claims

Chris Harrison Apologizes for Defending 'The Bachelor' Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell Against Racism Claims

Chris Harrison has issued an apology for his recent comments.

The 49-year-old The Bachelor host received some backlash over comments he made to former The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay during an Extra interview on Tuesday (February 9).

In that interview, Chris and Rachel discussed the social media controversy surrounding Rachael Kirkconnell, who is currently competing on Matt James‘ season of the hit dating reality show.

Rachael with Matt James

Chris and Rachel discussed the photos that recently surfaced on Reddit of Rachael attending a fraternity party back in 2018. The party was described as “antebellum plantation themed ball.”

Chris said that he had not spoken to Rachael about the photos yet, but did say “we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.”

Rachel then pointed out that attending the event is “not a good look,” to which Chris responded: “Is it [not] a good look in 2018? Or is it not a good look in 2021? Because there’s a big difference.”

Rachael with Matt James

Chris then added, “The woke police is out there. And this poor girl Rachael, who has just been thrown to the lions, I don’t know how you are equipped when you have never done this before, to be woke enough, to be eloquent enough, to be ready to handle this.”

After the interview went viral, Chris received a lot of backlash for seemingly defending Rachael amid the racist claims.

On Wednesday (February 10), Chris released an apology on Instagram regarding the matter.

Click inside to read Chris Harrison’s apology…

“To my Bachelor Nation family—I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” Chris wrote. “I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed. While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf.”

He continued, “What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”

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Posted to: Chris Harrison, Rachael Kirkconnell, The Bachelor

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