Will Rachel Lindsay step in as momentary host of The Bachelor? It’s an possibility, an insider tells Us Weekly completely following Chris Harrison‘s announcement that he will not host the upcoming season 25 After the Final Rose special amid controversy over his statements relating to racism.
“ABC and Warner Bros. have spoken to Rachel about the opportunity of internet hosting the After the Closing Rose particular and they want her to tackle the function,” a supply tells Us. “She continues to be weighing the choices and is pushing for After the Closing Rose to incorporate a much bigger dialog about race overall within the franchise. No last choice has been made but.”
Harrison, 49, got here underneath hearth following a February 9 Extra interview throughout which Lindsay, 35, requested him about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s controversial Instagram images, during which she posed at an antebellum plantation-themed social gathering in 2018.
After defending Kirkconnell, 24, who’s at present competing on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor, Harrison went on to surprise if there was an issue along with her actions or if it was solely an issue as a result of we’re wanting by a 2021 “lens.”
He later apologized for his comments and for not letting the previous Bachelorette communicate. Days later, the Excellent Creator introduced he can be taking a break from the franchise for the primary time since its 2002 debut. In his assertion, he apologized then famous that the After the Closing Rose particular ought to give attention to the truth that James, 29, was the franchise’s first Black Bachelor.
“I’m devoted to getting educated on a extra profound and productive stage than ever earlier than,” the previous Who Desires to Be a Millionaire? host wrote through Instagram on the time. “I wish to guarantee our forged and crew members, to my associates, colleagues and our followers: this isn’t only a second, however a dedication to a lot larger understanding that I’ll actively make every single day.”
An insider shared with Us that there have been “conversations” about modifying the host out of the remaining episodes of James’ season and Ladies Inform All, which have already filmed.
“If not, they might add a disclaimer on the prime of the remaining episodes,” the supply added, noting that The Bachelorette could also be delayed as a substitute of kicking off filming instantly after The Bachelor ends.
On February 16, Lindsay told E! News that she’s “not even pondering” about probably changing Harrison down the road, regardless of followers on social media expressing hope that she does.
“I believe the larger image is that there is an issue and Chris is recognizing it, different individuals are recognizing and I believe if my message is to essentially make change and to essentially create a stage of consciousness, then I can’t be centered on attempting to take someone else’s job,” the legal professional stated. “I’m simply centered on actually us attending to a spot of unity the place we will all be higher.”
Kirkconnell, for her half, released an apology on February 11, admitting that she “was unsuitable” for her previous posts. “At one level, I didn’t acknowledge how offensive and racist my actions have been, however that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it occurred doesn’t excuse something. They aren’t acceptable or okay in any sense,” the graphic designer added. “I used to be ignorant, however my ignorance was racist.”
Us Weekly has reached out to Warner Bros. for remark.
The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at eight p.m. ET.