‘Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison apologizes after being criticized for defending racist behavior

Harrison spoke up on behalf of Rachael Kirkconnell, who was supposedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity official in 2018.

Kirkconnell has actually not yet discussed the pictures.

Previously today Harrison informed “Extra” reporter and previous star of “The Bachelorette,” Rachel Lindsay, that the photos were a long time ago and spoke up versus cancel culture.

“I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago and that’s it. Like, boom,” Harrison stated, including, “I’m like, ‘Really?'”

Lindsay responded, “The picture was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party. That’s not a good look.”

Harrison responded, “Well, Rachel is it a good look in 2018? Or, is it not a good look in 2021? Because there’s a big difference.”

“It’s not a good look ever,” Lindsay stated. “If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party?”

“You’re 100% right in 2021,” Harrison then stated. “That was not the case in 2018. And again, I’m not defending Rachael. 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.”

Harrison has actually given that excused his initial defense of Kirkconnell, composing on social networks:

“To my Bachelor Nation family — I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology. 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,” he 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.”

He included that he desired the general public to provide Kirkconnell have a possibility to promote herself.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.