Chris Harrison is covering all of his bases, so at least it appears as though he can be prepared regardless of where the future goes within the longstanding Bachelor franchise. And in this case, as of Friday, this means the embattled (former?) host has hired a lawyer to represent him in the wake of his major […]
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Is there trouble surrounding reigning Bachelorette Tayshia Adams‘ relationship with fiancé Zac Clark?? For the past few days, seemingly random and unsourced rumors have been floating around social media that the pair — who initially got together on the most recent season of the show after replacing Clare Crawley when she ran off with Dale Moss — had broken […]
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The Bachelor franchise stars have rallied behind Rachel Lindsay, who recently deactivated her Instagram account due to harassment. In case you missed it, the former Bachelorette lead had been swarmed with online “hate” from fans after her interview with Chris Harrison, who had shamefully defended season 25 frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell for her past racist actions. […]
Time for a change! We have known for a while now that Chris Harrison was stepping back from his role of hosting The Bachelor‘s After The Final Rose — at least for this season, that is — and he’d instead be handing off the reins for the time being. But we didn’t know who would actually be the […]
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Controversial Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell is really going through it right now — reportedly left “heartbroken and devastated” after those antebellum plantation-style fraternity formal photos infamously came out earlier this year. And now, her mother Kim Kirkconnell is opening up in a new interview with The Sun to talk all about the aftermath of this whole controversy. Related: Rachael […]
For years, the white supremacy that infects American culture has been entrenched in the Bachelor franchise.
You don’t go 24 seasons without a Black male lead by accident.
People may not like to think about it this way when it comes to a beloved reality show, but it’s a choice, and a racist one.
While fans have seen the problem for some time, it has recently become apparent that Chris Harrison is part of that problem.
It’s not just fans calling for Chris’ removal from the franchise – it’s a chorus of voices from people who’ve been on the show.
When Rachael Kirkconnell’s racist social media history was revealed this season, it marked a turning point of sorts.
Chris had the opportunity to handle the situation with aplomb and take the franchise in a different direction.
Instead, he did the opposite.
In addition to repeatedly interrupting and speaking over Rachel Lindsay – the Bachelorette’s first and only Black lead – in an interview, Harrison was painfully dismissive of accusations of racism.
“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it,” Chris protested at the time, referring to Kirkconnell’s past behavior.
Chris then had the gall to say “we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.”
The longtime host then whined about “again this judge-jury-executioner thing — where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart.”
“Diving into, like, her parents and her parents’ voting record,” Chris complained, making matters worse by the second.
“It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this.”
It’s not surprising to see people leap to the defense of racist misdeeds – even when the original wrongdoer admits that what they did was bad. Racism is thriving in America.
But for Chris, a seasoned reality TV host who knows that he is the face of an entire franchise, it was a baffling choice.
Countless people were disappointed in his comments, although some Bachelor stars were sadly not surprised.
Matt James is the franchise’s first-ever Black Bachelor … on Season 25.
He broke his silence on the matter this week, correctly callinb out Chris for his “troubling and painful” choice to excuse racism.
(He has also, if The Bachelor spoilers are to be believed, broken up with Kirkconnell, the eventual WINNER this season.)
James said: “Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South.”
He emphasized that this is “a painful history that every American should understand intimately.”
Matt expressed that Chris’ dismissal “was troubling and painful to watch.”
“As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood,” Matt acknowledged, “it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue.”
An issue, he noted, “that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years.”
And Matt was not the only one to speak out.
Bachelor in Paradise alum Taylor Nolan explained that she surprised that Chris made the public comments … but not that he felt that way.
“I was surprised that he didn’t catch himself,” she expressed to Yahoo Entertainment.
“I was surprised that for as well-trained as he is,” Taylor continued, “that he didn’t know he should probably shut his mouth because he’s about to show himself.”
“He just let his truth out, which many of us already know,” Taylor acknowledged.
“But,” she explained, “he’s never done it in such an overt way.”
“At the same time,” Taylor added, “I’m not surprised he didn’t catch himself because he really believes in what he was saying.”
“He really didn’t think he was saying anything wrong,” Taylor explained.
She characterized: “He thought that was a great conversation!”
It was an infamously bad conversation, and he was absolutely the bad guy in it.
“Who you vote for [does say something about you],” Taylor correctly noted.
(That said, it seems that Rachael herself doesn’t care much about voting)
She added: “I think he was projecting onto Rachael K.”
“These are things that people in the franchise … are well aware of,” Taylor explained.
“That Chris is more conservative, that he’s Republican,” she continued.
Taylor noted “that he’s a very wealthy older white man in a high position of power who has rarely, if ever, shared his power with marginalized groups of people.”
Taylor shared that many contestants of color felt “a little uneasy around” Chris.
“And not just because of his own personal stances, or lack thereof publicly,” she explained.
She detailed: “but also because he represents what the franchise represents.”
Taylor continued: “and the franchise has not represented the BIPOC community.”
She added that the franchise “has not represented the non-heteronormative community.”
Taylor also observed: “and [represents] thin beauty European standards that our mainstream culture holds.”
“Because Chris represents what the franchise represents,” Taylor shared, “I think it’s part of what made this no secret to many individuals.”
Additionally, fan-favorite Ivan Hall from Tayshia Adams’ season, has affirmed that he won’t do Bachelor in Paradise with Chris as host.
Another fan-favorite, Mike Johnson, expressed that Chris should be “removed” from the franchise.
Time will tell if he will be – or if a franchise with this kind of track record can even continue beyond 2021.
Rachel Lindsay isn’t done telling her side of the story just yet! The former Bachelorette went on the Higher Learning podcast to reveal more about the behind-the-scenes quality of that infamous Chris Harrison interview on Extra last week. Of course, Harrison has already apologized for his poor defense of current Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell‘s actions while being interviewed by Lindsay. […]
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Chris Harrison is stepping aside from the Bachelor franchise. On Saturday morning, the longtime TV host announced as much in an Instagram post about the current state of the show in light of the racism controversy surrounding contestant Rachael Kirkconnell as well as Harrison’s own disastrous interview about it. Related: Harrison Blasts Troll In Spicy Instagram Exchange! Whoa! […]