Former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay spoke after the departure of longtime host Chris Harrison.
On Tuesday, the franchise’s host since 2002 confirmed that he will not return to the helm of any of the upcoming “Bachelor” shows. The news comes after a controversy over racism that rocked the previous season and saw Harrison take a step back from the show after receiving setbacks to an interview he was doing with Lindsay at the time.
On “Extra” on Tuesday, Lindsay spoke with co-host Billy Bush about the situation, noting that she is surprised that the end result of it all is that Harrison is quitting the job he has been doing for 1
“I did not expect that to happen, not after the announcement,” she said (via People).
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Although the racism scandal was the catalyst for Harrison stepping aside for this season of “The Bachelorette” and the upcoming “Bachelor in Paradise,” Lindsay added that she believes fans can only “speculate” on what else went into the decision not to bring Harrison back to the reality series.
“I think several former contestants come forward and say they do not want him to be a part of ‘Paradise.’ I think Katie Thurston, her very first tweet before she went to film her season, was that Chris needed to step away, “Lindsay explained.” I think that along with the interview that happened on this very scene, perhaps, led to him not coming back. “
Harrison appeared on “Extra” in February for an interview with Lindsay, where he caught backlash to defend then-“Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after it emerged she had participated in an “Old South” theme party in 2018 on a plantation At the time, Harrison claimed times were different three years ago, speaking out for forgiving Kirkconnell.
The host got quick and immediate setbacks that made him issue an apology.
“I have this incredible platform to talk about love, and yesterday I took a stand on topics that I should have been better informed about. Although I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for mercy by offering her an opportunity for numbers on her own behalf, ”he wrote at the time.
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“What I now realize I have done is hurt by speaking incorrectly in a way that perpetuates racism, and I so deeply regret that. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better about a subject she has a first-hand understanding of and humbly thank the members of the Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable, “Harrison concluded.” I promise to do better. “
He then announced that he would step aside as host of the franchise for a time of self-reflection. Although the show found replacements for Harrison for “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” he told “Good Morning America” in March that he planned to return to his hosting duties at some point in the future. Lindsay, however, ended his thoughts on the matter by noting that perhaps after nearly two decades it was time for something new.
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“Well, it’s been 19 years, and if you look at the show, we saw less and less of Chris,” she remarked. “19 years is a big achievement. Maybe it’s the case. We do not know. Maybe they were ready to move on.”
Lindsay’s comments appear to be repeating them from Harrison in an Instagram post confirming his departure as host of the franchise.
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“I’ve had a really incredible run as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise, and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all the memories we’ve made together. “Two decades of travel are being packed, the friendships I have made will last a lifetime,” he wrote on Tuesday.