Chris Harrison is Stepping Aside from His Job as the Host of “The Bachelor”

Chris Harrison steps aside from his position as the host of The Bachelor

Chris Harrison steps aside from his position as the host of The Bachelor

Chris Harrison, the host of The Bachelor, has decided to step aside as the host for a period of time.  Harrison has hosted The Bachelor for nineteen years.  

“Less than a week after The Bachelor host Chris Harrison defended a contestant accused of racially insensitive social media posts he announced that he will be “stepping aside for a period of time,” including the upcoming season finale’s “After the Final Rose” special,” said The Washington Post.

Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay discussing the issue about Rachael Kirkconnell

Information about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell who is on season 25 of The Bachelor had been brought to the media.  On social media, Kirkconnell had liked a post with friends posing in front of a confederate flag.  She also attended an “old south” antebellum themed sorority party in college which took place in 2018.

Harrison had an interview with Rachel Lindsay, who was the first black Bachelorette in 2017.  They discussed the controversy over Kirkconnell’s actions.  Many fans accused Harrison of having a “condescending tone” while he argued on behalf of Kirkconnell.  

“The woke police is out there, and this poor girl Rachael has just been thrown to the lions,” and “Well, Rachel, is it a good look in 2018? Or is it not a good look in 2021?” argued Harrison. 

Lindsay has voiced her opinion about The Bachelor’s lack of diversity over the past few years.  After what happened with Kirkconnell and how Harrison handled the situation, Lindsay has decided to disaffiliate with The Bachelor.

“I’m contractually bound in some ways.  But when it’s up, I am too.  I can’t do it anymore,” said Lindsay on her podcast. 

Matt James is the first Black Bachelor in the history of The Bachelor. After reading what James put on his Instagram, followers suspect that in the end James did choose Kirkconnell and that is why he posted about the issue.  Rachael Kirkconnell is a final four in James’ season.

“Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch.  As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years,” said Matt James.  

Chris Harrison and Rachael Kirkconnell both came out on social media and apologized. 

“At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything.  They are not acceptable or okay in any sense.  I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.  I am sorry to the communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended,” said Kirkconnell.

“To my Bachelor Nation family – I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology.  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,” said Harrison.  

This topic is very controversial, and many people have different opinions if Chris Harrison should be automatically canceled or not.