Chris Harrison apologizes for defending Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
Rachael Kirkconnell came under the spotlight when a TikTok user said she was a racist during high school. Some other claims against her include liking offensive social media posts. A photo of Kirkconnell and her sorority sisters also went viral in which she was attending a plantation-themed frat party at the University of Georgia.
However, the Bachelor contestant has not yet confirmed anything about the pictures. Chris Harrison defended Rachael Kirkconnell in an interview with Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette, and he called the reaction to Racheal Kirkconnell’s allegations “unbelievably alarming.”
Chris Harrison also said: “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record. … I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this? I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago and that’s it.”
When Lindsay told Harrison that the pictures of Kirkconnell from the frat party are “not a good look,” Harrison responded by saying- “Is it [not] a good look in 2018, or is it not a good look in 2021?
After this interview, Chris Harrison was criticized by his fans and other social media users who are against racist behavior. Recently, Harrison apologized for his comments by posting on his Instagram profile-
“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.”
Chris Harrison continued. “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. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”