Chris Harrison is facing backslash for his racial comment on the TV show The Bachelors from his interview with Rachel Lindsay. Chris has defended current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past actions where she was attending an “Old South” theme party in 2018.
Chris Harrison has even apologized on social media for his speaking manner that “perpetuates racism”.
“I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics 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,” he wrote.
“What I now realise 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 apologise 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,” Harrison concluded. “I promise to do better.”
Chris Harrison is losing a celebrity ad
After this whole controversy, Chris has stepped down as host from the show, but it seems like this wouldn’t be the only downslide in his career. Crest toothpaste, which belongs to the brand parent company, Procter & Gamble, is also reconsidering Harrison for their latest celebrity ad.
“We are aware of the developments around Chris Harrison and his role as host of The Bachelor,” said a spokeswoman for P&G in a statement obtained by Ad Age. “We are in the process of gathering more information about these circumstances to determine our next steps.”
The rep added: “We are deeply disappointed in his comments, which do not reflect our values.”
While Chris has apologized for his comment on social media, and has also stepped down from the host position we believe that there is more to come to his side rather than just an accepted apology.
Comments about Chris Harrison from Other Celebrities of the show
Chris Harrison has also attracted a lot of Bachelor Nation celebrities towards his way after his comment and the latest is Mike Jonson. Mike talked about the issue in an interview with Extra on Tuesday. He said that the host should exit the show but should not be “Cancelled” completely.
“I think that when we cancel people, it’s almost too easy. I feel that those individuals that have done something wrong need to say it with their chest, in other regards, as well.”
“Once they’ve been educated and learn in a public forum in comparison to riding the waves with millions of dollars and just never to be heard from again… I don’t want to cancel the individual, I want the individual to speak up, speak to their audience, and curb their mindset,” he added.
Continuing, “Let me speak direct — should the individual be removed from The Bachelor franchise? I think it’s time for that. Should that individual be removed completely? No, because I think that individual has such a beautiful platform, it’s such a beautiful privilege that we have to use it for good.”
Several contestants including Tayshia Adams and Matt James and others from season 16 The Bachelorette and the current season of The Bachelor have spoken about Chris Harrison’s racist comment.
“I am really hurt and disappointed and confused at the ignorance when it comes to race,” said Adams, 30. “The things that have come to light within the Bachelor franchise this past week have just been eye-opening.”
“The photo that [Kirkconnell] was in is racist; the party she attended, racist. Her actions have been racist,” she continued. “When there are blatant forms of racist acts you cannot be defensive of it. It speaks volumes, and I just have to say I am really hurt by this response.”
“I am beyond [grateful] to have Rachel as a mentor during this season. Your advocacy of BIPOC people in this franchise is invaluable, I stand with you and the rest of the women advocating for change and accountability,” James — the first Black Bachelor — wrote on his Instagram Story Friday.