The Bachelor host Chris Harrison revealed his decision to temporarily step away from the Bachelor franchise. Amid this ongoing drama, he discussed the Bachelor Scandal on Good Morning America.
Chris’ television appearance news comes after Emmanuel Acho was announced as the host for After the Final Rose. Emmanuel shared a statement where he said, “I’ve accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year. It’s been a pivotal season, and this episode will hopefully be one of the most storied shows in TV history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. Share the news! I’ll see y’all then!”
Multiple contestants from past and present address this issue. Rachael Kirkconnell, who participated in Matts’ season reveals that he was accused of bullying a high school classmate. Many social media users found photos of Rachael at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity event in 2018.
Bachelor Nation’s Rachel Lindsay also spoke about the controversy related to 24-year-old Chris. Previously Chris defended her from being attacked by what he described as the “woke police.” At that time, Chris questioned the validity of the criticism Rachael faced. He raised a question, “Well, Rachel is it a good look in 2018? Or, is it not a good look in 2021? Because there’s a big difference.”
Chris’s defensive attitude sparked widespread criticism. This huge criticism prompted him to take a break from hosting duties. He wrote in his announcement, “Now, just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same. 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.”