“It was a mistake,” Harrison, 49, mentioned in a sneak peek of his Good Morning America interview, which can air on Thursday, March 4. “I made a mistake. I’m an imperfect man. I made a mistake. And I personal that.”
The controversy started with Lindsay, 35, interviewing Harrison for Further on February 9 amid allegations of racism throughout the Bachelor franchise. The longtime host defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after photographs resurfaced on-line of her attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal years earlier, calling for followers to have “grace” toward her.
Kirkconnell, 24, additionally apologized for her previous conduct. She later asked fans to cease defending her amid the controversy. The Georgia native made the ultimate three on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor and is anticipated to speak about the scandal with Emmanuel Acho, who’s stepping in because the host of the After the Last Rose particular, when it airs on Monday, March 15.
“My cohost on ‘Increased Studying,’ Rachel Lindsay, disabled her Instagram earlier right this moment,” he mentioned. “She did it as a result of that’s how a lot hate she’s getting from Bachelor followers, who’re spamming her with every kind of impolite, hateful issues to say.”
Lathan mentioned within the clip that cyberbullies ought to “get a f–king life,” including that their anger is misdirected. “Rachel is just not answerable for Chris Harrison, a 49-year-old man who can’t learn the room in these current 2021 instances,” he mentioned. “She’s not answerable for that. It’s not her job to make excuses or present cowl for any individual who doesn’t perceive what the f–ok triggers individuals in right this moment’s world.”
Whereas Harrison wasn’t fast to talk out in protection of Lindsay, many Bachelor Nation members have been. Even Kirkconnell, whom the Texas native called out over past racially insensitive behavior, applauded her and known as on social media customers to again down.
“You may have the chance to make a constructive distinction, to make use of your vitality in direction of change, and to come back collectively and understand what’s proper in a time like this,” the season 25 Bachelor competitor wrote in a statement on Instagram on Saturday, February 27. “If you’re choosing to rather spread hate, to ship merciless, vicious messages, to be mad about individuals being harm by racism…do higher. Be higher.”