Chris Harrison says he’s sorry in GMA interview but doesn’t explain why he defended contestant’s antebellum photos

Harrison spoke with “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan in a pre-taped interview in which Harrison was pushed to describe why he safeguarded entrant Rachael Kirkconnell’s antebellum plantation-themed images from 2018 throughout an interview with previous “Bachlorette” star and present “Extra” host Rachel Lindsay.

“It was a mistake. I made a mistake,” Harrison stated on Thursday early morning. “I’m not a perfect man, I made a mistake and I own that.”

Later on in the interview he included, “I’m sorry to Rachel Lindsay and the black community.”

When pushed by Strahan about why he safeguarded Kirkconnell in the very first location, Harrison did not address, he just responded that now he thinks, “Antebellum parties are not OK. Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

When Strahan informed Harrison that now Lindsay is being bullied online, Harrison had a message for Bachelor Country fans, “To anyone throwing hate at Rachel Lindsay, please stop.”

When asked by Strahan if he was the best individual to continue being the face of the “Bachelor” franchise, Harrison stated, “I want to be back but this interview is not the finish line.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.