Former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay spoke after the departure of longtime host Chris Harrison.
On Tuesday, the host of the 2002 franchise confirmed that he would not return to head any of the upcoming “Bachelor” shows. The news comes after a controversy over the racism that rocked the previous season and saw Harrison withdraw from the show after receiving a reaction. for an interview he did at the time with Lindsay.
On Tuesday, Lindsay spoke with co-host Billy Bush about the situation, noting that she was surprised that the end result was that Harrison left the job he had done for 19 years.
“I didn’t expect this to happen, not after the announcement,”
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Although the racism scandal was the catalyst for Harrison to give way for this season on “The Bachelorette” and the upcoming “Bachelor in Paradise”, Lindsay added that she believes fans can only “speculate” on what else has been decided not to bring Harrison back to the reality series.
“I think a few former athletes are coming forward and saying they don’t want him to be part of Paradise. I think Katie Thurston, her last tweet before filming her season, was that Chris had to retire, ”Lindsay explained. “I think along with the interview that happened on this stage, maybe they led him not to come back.”
Harrison appeared in “Extra” in February for an interview with Lindsay, in which he caught a reaction in defense of the bachelor from “Bachelor” Rachel Kirkonel, after it was found out that she attended a themed party “Old South” in 2018 on plantation At the time, Harrison claimed the times were different three years ago and advocated for Kirkonel’s forgiveness.
The host reacted quickly and immediately, urging him to apologize.
“I have this amazing platform to talk about love, and yesterday I took a position on topics I needed to be better informed about. Although I’m not talking about Rachel Kirkonel, my intention was simply to ask for grace by offering her the opportunity to speak from her name, “he wrote at the time.
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“What I now realize I’ve done is to do harm by mispronouncing in a way that supports racism, and I’m so deeply sorry for that. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better. on a topic that has first-hand understanding and I humbly thank the members of the bachelor nation who have turned to me to hold me accountable, ”Harrison concluded. “I promise I’ll do better.”
He then announced that he would retire as the host of the franchise during a period of self-reflection. Although the show found Harrison’s replacements for “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” he told Good Morning America in March that he plans to return to his household duties at some point in the future. However, Lindsay ended her thoughts on the issue, noting that perhaps in almost two decades it is time for something new.
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“Well, it’s been 19 years and if you’re still watching the show, we’ve seen less and less Chris,” she said. “19 years is a great achievement. Maybe that’s the case. We don’t know. Maybe they were ready to move on.”
Lindsay’s comments seem to echo Harrison’s comments in an Instagram post confirming his departure as host of the franchise.
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I had a really amazing start as a 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. As my journey of two decades ends, the friendships I’ve made , will last a lifetime, “he wrote on Tuesday.