‘The Bachelor’ EPs Again Rachel Lindsay, Slam Followers For “Utterly Inexcusable” Actions – .
The Bachelor’s executive producers condemned the actions of fans who molested former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay after her interview with Instagram’s Chris Harrison.
“Rachel has received an unimaginable amount of hatred and has been subjected to severe online bullying, mostly due to racism,” the executive producers wrote in a statement posted on Bachelor Nation’s official Twitter account. “That is totally unacceptable.”
The explanation comes after Lindsay, who was the first black star of ABC’s The Bachelorette, deleted her Instagram account after receiving numerous racist messages. Lindsay became embroiled in the current Bachelor’s race bill after speaking with Chris Harrison for Extra, who was defending candidate Rachael Kirkconnell. The graphic designer, who is one of the final contestants for the current season, came under fire after photos of her participation in a fraternity party on plantations resurfaced online in 2018.
Kirkconnell has since apologized for the photos and Harrison resigned as host after the extra interview. On Saturday, ABC announced that Emmanuel would replace Acho Harrison for the series’ post-show special The Final Rose.
Amid the controversy surrounding the show, Bachelor Matt James Harrison slammed for “failing to receive and understand” the emotional work Lindsay had done in explaining the “racist history of Antebellum South.”
The executive producer’s statement came before the Bachelor’s episode, “Women Tell All,” on Monday night in which Harrison will still be in the hosting space as it was filmed prior to his retirement. See their full explanation below.
– Bachelor Nation (@bachnation) March 1, 2021