‘The Bachelor’: Has Rachel Lindsay Responded to Chris Harrison’s Apology?
The Bachelor franchise is no stranger to racial controversy but this time the show’s long-time host is caught in the crossfire. Chris Harrison made headlines after fans were less than impressed with a conversation that he had with Rachel Lindsay. Lindsay is, of course, the first Black lead the franchise ever had and currently is a media correspondent for Extra.
On February 9, 2021, Lindsay sat down with Harrison via Extra and had a conversation about the current season of The Bachelor. While the pair covered a lot of ground what stood out to fans was their conversation about frontrunner, Rachael Kirkconnell. For weeks, Kirkconnell has been accused of racist behavior including attending an “Old South” Antebellum party in 2018 on a Georgian plantation.
Chris Harrison defends Rachael Kirkconnell
Though Harrison insisted that he wasn’t defending Kirkconnell, he referred to her as a “poor girl” and encouraged fans of The Bachelor to have compassion for her. He interrupted Linsday a number of times, discounting her valid points, and insinuated that Kirkconnell’s actions were only problematic in 2021. He then doubled down shared that “50 million people” attended “Old South” parties back in 2018 and shared that people need not act as the “woke police.”
Naturally, many fans of The Bachelor were incensed by Harrison’s statements. The comments were considered especially egregious because the franchise is currently capitalizing off of the fact that this season features the first Black Bachelor in the show’s 19 year history. When people began expressing their outrage to Harrison, he muted his Instagram comments. Not too long after, a petition was created to get the long-time host removed from the franchise.
‘The Bachelor’ host apologizes to fans after a petition circulates to get him fired
Seeing the backlash, Harrison took to his social media pages to issue an apology for his statements. “To my Bachelor Nation family — I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” Harrison wrote. “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. 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.”
Harrison continued on to personally apologize to Lindsay for his behavior. “I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable,” The Bachelor host penned. “I promise to do better.”
Has Rachel Lindsay responded to Harrison’s apology?
People have, obviously, had various responses to Harrison’s apology and have expressed their reactions on social media. But has Lindsay herself responded? Though the former attorney didn’t say anything directly to or about Harrison, she did post a very zen picture of her meditating following the apology.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference, 🖤” Lindsay captioned the photo. Though Lindsay hasn’t directly addressed the drama it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have plans to in the future. In fact, her podcast co-host, Becca Kufrin, shared that she and Lindsay recorded an episode of Bachelor Happy Hour on February 10, 2021, and discussed a lot of what was going on in Bachelor Nation. We guess fans will have to wait until February 16 to hear Lindsay’s thoughts about Harrison’s faux pas.