Matt James, “The Bachelor,” has shared information regarding the Chris Harrison allegations of racism, according to The Daily Wire.
James apologized for his statements.
Rachel Lindsay suggested that his apologies were too late.
“Chris has stepped aside, which I think is the right decision because, like he said, he needs to take time to get educated and on a profound and productive level to use his word.”
“And I think he needs to understand what was done, what was wrong, and what he said in that interview, and he needs time. He’s stepped away to do that.”
Matt James said, “The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life.”
“It has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly.”
“Chris’ 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.”
“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,” he said.
“This moment has sparked critical conversations and reporting, raised important questions, and resulted in inspiring displays of solidarity from The Bachelor nation,” James continued.
“It has also pushed me to reevaluate and process what my experience on The Bachelor represents, not just for me, but for all of the contestants of color, especially the Black contestants of this season and seasons past, and for you, the viewers at home.
“I will continue to process this experience, and you will hear more from me in the end,” he said. “My greatest prayer is that this is an inflection point that results in real and institutional change for the better.”
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The “Bachelorette” star, who was speaking to Harrison when he made the comments, said she was “stunned” the host made the comments publicly, though she admitted the two had similar private discussions before.
Rachel Lindsay is reportedly weighing the possibility of hosting the After the Final Rose special that airs once a contestant has been chosen now that Chris Harrison will no longer be hosting.