Saturday, June 15, 2024

Chris Harrison Out of “The Bachelorette” Next Season, Replaced After Rachel Lindsay Interview About Racism Explodes In His Face


Chris Harrison is out. Bachelor Nation has tossed its long time host after the now famous incident involving Harrison’s interview with Rachel Lindsay about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s photos from a plantation party. Harrison  will not host the next season of “The Bachelorette,” Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment announced on Friday evening.

“We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.  In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season,” Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment shared in the statement. “As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks. These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”

Lindsay is a former Bachelorette who is now a correspondent from “Extra.” She interviewed Harrison about the plantation party in light of the first Black Bachelor Matt James. This interview has basically destroyed Harrison’s career as he defends Kirkconnell’s racist past is unbelievable. When Lindsay shows the plantation party photo and says, “What part would I represent at that party?” it’s all over.

Harrison is just lost here. He has no training for this kind of interview. You almost feel sorry for him. He is out of his depth. He subsequently issued an apology. But it wasn’t enough.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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