Chris Harrison has been the host of “The Bachelor” franchise, since it first premiered, in 2002.
Since then, Harrison has gone on to appear on talk shows, write his own books, and meet his girlfriend — Roses & Rosè host, Lauren Zima.
Harrison is a beloved member of the franchise — due to his charm, and his ability to break the tension during rose ceremonies. He introduces the rose ceremony, and ends the ceremony with his infamous line, “Ladies/Gentlemen, I’m sorry. If you did not receive a rose, take a moment, and say your goodbyes”.
Although Harrison has been widely praised by Bachelor Nation fans throughout the years, he’s recently found himself in some hot water.
During an interview with Rachel Lindsay, on February 9th, Harrison got candid about his feelings towards Rachael Kirkconnell.
There’s been a lot of rumors that Kirkconnell will end up being Matt’s final choice, and with that, comes a lot of “digging”. Bachelor Nations fans dug up some serious dirt on the contestant: one of which, being of a particular antebellum party photo.
Kirkconnell had attended a fraternity party with her friends in 2018, at the antebellum plantation in Georgia. Formerly known as the “antebellum party”, an “old south party” is typically associated with white wealth and slavery.
The photos of Kirkconnell were first released over a month ago, but resurfaced once again, after TikTok user, @feministmama, uploaded a video on January 26th.
In the video, she goes into detail about what Kirkconnell did, how she should be held accountable, etc. The video has amassed almost 3 million views, and Kirkconnell has since taken accountability on her Instagram.
Back to the interview, Harrison continued defending Kirkconnell’s past photos. He spoke a lot about “woke” culture, and admitted that social media users aren’t reasonable.
When asked if he thought Kirkconnell would speak out, Harrison responded with, “She can’t please everyone”.
Lindsay ended the discussion, by asking Harrison whether or not “The Bachelor” franchise would be publicly speaking on this issue. Harrison stated the following:
“We are not in the business of dealing with every problem that you have. That’s not how this works. We don’t have the time of day to handle everything that people come up with on social media”.
Shortly after the interview was released, Harrison’s Instagram comments were flooded with backlash. The BN fandom wasn’t too fond of the way Harrison presented himself, during this interview.
So, the day after the interview was released, Harrison posted the following statement to Instagram — where he apologized for his demeanor, and asked for forgiveness from the Bachelor Nation fans:
Then, two days later, Harrison posted a follow-up statement — in which he revealed that he would be temporarily stepping down as host of “The Bachelor”. He will not be present during the ‘After the Finale Rose’ episode.
The announcement has garnered mixed reactions from fans, but Harrison has assured Bachelor Nation that he’s devoted to becoming more educated.