Chris Harrison Is "Stepping Aside" From Bachelor Franchise After "Excusing Historical Racism"

“First and foremost, I don’t know. I haven’t talked to Rachael about it,” Chris responded when asked about Rachael’s backlash. “And this is, again, where we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I’ve seen some stuff online—again this judge-jury-executioner thing—where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents and her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this. I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. And until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”

Referencing Rachael’s fraternity formal pictures, Chris said, “I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago and that’s it. Like, boom. Like, ‘OK. Well, this girl is in this book now. And she’s now in this group,'” he said. “I’m like, ‘Really?'”

When the former Bachelorette star reminded Chris that “the picture was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party” and was “not a good look,” the host hit back, “Well, Rachel is it a good look in 2018? Or, is it not a good look in 2021? Because there’s a big difference.”

Rachel responded, “It’s not a good look ever… she’s celebrating the Old South. If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party?”

While Chris admitted he wasn’t “defending Rachael,” he noted, “I just know that, I don’t know, 50 million people did that in 2018. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. And again, I’m not defending it; I didn’t go to it.”


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