“Bachelor” host Chris Harrison left his fans stunned, according to Fox News.
Harrison made racially insensitive comments in an interview.
Fans were disappointed he was receiving any televised air time.
“Chris Harrison playing celebrity wheel tonight YIKES,” wrote one fan.
“Chris Harrison for real about to get canceled and win Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune in the same week,” pointed out another.
“Chris Harrison winning at Celebrity wheel of fortune makes me ill,” added someone else.
“He’s winning a lot of money for a great cause.. that’s a good thing no?”
Harrison won $62,650 for the charity.
“By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong,” Harrison wrote.
“The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time,” he added.
From Fox News:
During an interview with former bachelorette and first Black female lead, Rachel Lindsay, on Extra, Harrison attempted to defend current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s “Old South” photo scandal.
Kirkconnell has also apologized and recognized that her past actions were racist and offensive to people of color.
Matt James, who is the current “Bachelor” lead and first Black man in the role, also released a statement reacting to the controversy. He called the photos of Kirkconnell “incredibly disappointing.”