Matt James addresses ‘Bachelor’ racism controversy

James, who is the program’s very first Black lead bachelor, dealt with Chris Harrison’s statement that he would step aside as the host of the franchise for an undetermined length of time following questionable remarks he made that reignited discussion about the truth franchise’s troublesome history concerning concerns of race and variety.

Harrison was being talked to by Rachel Lindsay, an existing Additional host and previous star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette,” when he protected an existing entrant who was photographed at a plantation-themed fraternity official in 2018.

“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” James composed on Instagram. “Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch.” Including, “As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years.”

Harrison has actually considering that said sorry. It’s uncertain when or if he will go back to the franchise.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.