Rachel Lindsay Speaks Out After Chris Harrison Announces He's Stepping Aside

Rachel Lindsay has spoken out about Chris Harrison temporarily stepping aside as host of The Bachelor following their Extra interview, during which he defended racism while discussing photos of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell attending an antebellum-themed plantation party.

Rachel discussed the interview on Monday, saying, “It was never my intention to see Chris Harrison step aside, but it was my intention for others to hear and see this interview. It’s important to further and highlight these types of 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.”

She continued, “When we can learn to recognize implicit and unconscious bias that history or 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.”

It’s unclear at this time whether Chris will be back to host The Bachelorette.

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