‘The Bachelor’: Michael Strahan Called Chris Harrison’s Apology a ‘Surface Response’

On March 4, Chris Harrison appeared on Good Morning America. The Bachelor host was interviewed by Michael Strahan and gave an apology for his recent racism controversy.

In the interview, Harrison apologized and said that after taking time away from The Bachelor, he planned to return at some point. Afterward, Strahan revealed that he thought Harrison’s apology was only a “surface response.”

Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America' in 2021 and Chris Harrison hosting 'The Bachelorette'
(L-R) Michael Strahan and Chris Harrison | Raymond Hall/GC Images; Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

Michael Strahan interviewed Chris Harrison on ‘Good Morning America’

During Matt James’ season of The Bachelor, contestant Rachael Kirkconnell was the subject of controversy after photos of her attending an Old South antebellum party in 2018 leaked online. Harrison defended Kirkconnell on Extra in an interview with Rachel Lindsay, the first Black woman to lead The Bachelorette.

Following public outcry for defending racism, Harrison announced he planned to take a step back from The Bachelor. To acknowledge the controversy, Good Morning America aired a recorded interview between Harrison and Strahan.

“I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that,” Harrison told Strahan. “I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise. And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I love it.”

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What Michael Strahan thought of Chris Harrison’s apology

While defending Kirkconnell on Extra, Harrison told Lindsay that there was “a big difference” between attending an antebellum ball in 2018 and in 2021.

Strahan brought this comment up and asked Harrison if he thought there was actually a difference.

“There is not,” Harrison said on Good Morning America. “Antebellum parties are not OK. Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

Harrison’s interview with Strahan was pre-recorded, and after the interview aired Strahan gave his thoughts on what Harrison said.

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“His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this,” Strahan said. “And obviously, he’s the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

Do fans of ‘The Bachelor’ want Chris Harrison to return?

On Good Morning America, Harrison made it clear that he wants to return to host shows in The Bachelor franchise.

“I plan to be back and I want to be back. And I think this franchise can be an important beacon of change,” he said.

After Harrison’s interview with Strahan, fans of The Bachelor are torn on if they want the host to return.

“… I am under the impression that this interview is a way of testing the waters to figure out the audience’s reception of CH now. Unfortunately I think he will be asked to come back at this point though,” a Reddit user wrote.

One fan wrote on Reddit, “Best part of the interview was Strahan getting him to admit there is ‘no difference’ between 2018 and 2021 lmao. And Strahan telling his cohosts after that he found all the answers to be surface.”