Rachel Lindsay is speaking out in response to The Bachelor host Chris Harrison‘s decision to step away from the franchise for a “period of time” amid a racism controversy.
Chris‘ decision to step away from the show happened after he defended her The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell against claimsthat she had been racist in her past behavior.
During the interview with Rachel Lindsay, he said that the “woke police” was out to get her and that there is a difference in how one behaves in 2018 vs. in 2021.
Chris later apologized for his words, but the damage was done and Rachel, a former star of The Bachelorette who now works for Extra, said that she is leaving the franchise when her current contract is over.
Now, Rachel is speaking out in response to Chris‘ apology and his announcement to take time away from the franchise.
“It was never my intention to see Chris Harrison step aside but it was my intention for others to see and hear this interview,” Rachel said during the latest episode of Extra.
She continued, “It’s important to further and highlight these discussions. The only way to do that is to have these uncomfortable conversations so we can understand the underlying issues and implicit racism that exists within our society.
When we can learn to recognize implicit and unconscious bias that history of our environments have taught us, then we can challenge one another to be better for ourselves but also for this society.
Let’s not label, let’s not cancel, but let’s hold people accountable for their actions. Let’s set the example in this generation so that we don’t repeat the horrific mistakes from the past and so we can unify and be the change that this country needs to make this society better for the next generation.”