In his first interview since dealing with backlash for defending racist habits, Chris Harrison apologized, and revealed his plans for his future within the ‘Bachelor’ franchise.

Chris Harrison appeared on the March 4 episode of Good Morning America to debate the racism controversy surrounding The Bachelor franchise. The drama stemmed from Chris defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s previous racist actions throughout an interview with Rachel Lindsay in February. Now, Chris is taking possession for the “mistake” he made in excusing Rachael’s previous habits.

“I’m an imperfect man,” Chris admitted. “I made a mistake and I personal that. I imagine that mistake doesn’t mirror who I’m or what I stand for. I’m dedicated to the progress, not only for myself, but additionally for the franchise.” Interviewer Michael Strahan referred to as Chris’s responses within the GMA interview “floor degree,” however Chris mentioned that he plans to proceed as host of The Bachelor franchise sooner or later. “I plan to be again and I wish to be again,” he insisted. “This interview is just not the end line. There may be extra work to be executed and I’m excited to be a part of that change.”

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Chris Harrison internet hosting ‘The Bachelor.’ (Manly Bands/MEGA)

He added, “I’m saddened and shocked at how insensitive I used to be in that interview with Rachel Lindsay. I didn’t converse from my coronary heart. I stand towards all types of racism and I’m deeply sorry. I’m sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I’m sorry to the Black neighborhood.” Chris additionally referenced the hate that Rachel has been getting on social media, which triggered her to deactivate her account. “I wish to [apologize] to her once more,” he mentioned. “I’m extremely sorry. To anybody who’s throwing hate in the direction of Rachel Lindsay please cease. It’s unacceptable.”

Chris mentioned he’s working with race educators and strategists, in addition to religion leaders and students, to coach himself. “I’m not a sufferer right here,” he clarified. “I made a mistake and I personal that. Racism, oppression — these are large, dynamic issues and so they take critical work and I’m dedicated to that work.”

Rachael Kirkconnell is among the closing three girls on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor. Buzz concerning the contestant started when the season first began, as a lady who claimed to have gone to highschool together with her accused her of bullying prior to now. Then, in February, pictures surfaced of Rachael attending an Previous South/antebellum occasion in school. She was slammed for glorifying a time when slavery was prevalent. One other TikTok consumer additionally uncovered alleged controversial Instagram posts that Rachael had beforehand appreciated, together with one among associates posing in entrance of the accomplice flag.

When Rachel Lindsay requested Chris concerning the controversy throughout an interview on Additional in February, he diminished the racist nature of the Previous South occasion pictures. Backlash instantly started pouring in, and Chris issued an apology the subsequent day. Then, Rachael got here ahead with an apology of her personal, the place she took accountability, denounced her previous actions and vowed to be taught and do higher sooner or later.

The scandal continued to explode, as each followers and former members of the Bachelor franchise began calling for change on the present. Chris ultimately decided to “step aside” as host for this season’s After The Ultimate Rose particular on March 15, and it was revealed that former soccer participant, Emmanuel Acho, can be main the dialog as an alternative. Chris’s future with the franchise stays unclear.

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