Longtime Bachelor host Chris Harrison is briefly stepping apart from his function following latest remarks he made excusing historic racism.
Harrison took to social media on February 13 to announce that he can be stepping apart for a “time period” and wouldn’t be showing within the present’s “After the Closing Rose” particular.
“I a deeply remorseful. My ignorance did harm to my mates, colleagues and strangers alike,” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “I’ve nobody accountable however myself for what I mentioned and the way in which I spoke.”
“By excusing historic racism, I defended it.”
Harrison has been dealing with backlash in latest days following feedback he made excusing the allegedly racist previous of present Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. This season stars the franchise’s first Black bachelor.
Images have surfaced that allegedly present Kirkconnell at an antebellum-themed frat occasion in 2018.
In an Further interview with Rachel Lindsay, the actuality present’s first Black Bachelorette lead, Harrison was requested concerning the pictures.
The host mentioned that folks wanted to have “grace” and “compassion,” including that he discovered it “unbelievably alarming” to look at individuals “tear this lady’s life aside.”
Lindsay mentioned the photographs had been “not look,” to which Harrison responded, “Is it look in 2018? Or is it not look in 2021?”
In his Instagram submit, Harrison apologized to the Black and BIPOC communities for his actions, including that he was “devoted to getting educated.”
“I’m so sorry. My phrases had been dangerous. I’m listening, and I really apologize for my ignorance and any ache it has prompted you,” Harrison wrote.
“From right here I can solely attempt to evolve and be a greater man.”