Rachel Lindsay finally responds to Chris Harrison’s Good Morning America apology.
Chris defended Bachelor Rachel Kirkconnell after photos resurfaced of her attending an Antebellum themed party in 2018.
The former Bachelorette spoke to Extra‘s Billy Bush about Chris Harrison’s apology and if he should be fired as the host of the reality show.
“I do accept the apology, Billy, and I think it’s important for me to say that because I haven’t really talked about, you know, Chris and the statement because I’m not trying to make this a Chris-versus-Rachel,” she tells Billy.
“But the fact that, once again, you know — this isn’t the first time he’s apologized to me — he apologized again on GMA today and I do accept that and I think it’s important for me to say that because we need to move forward.”
“And for me, for us to move forward, I need to accept the apology, so we can all be better from this situation, which is what we want,” she said.
She also talked about his role as the host moving forward.
“He needs to take time to get educated and on a profound and productive level to use his word,” she told Extra. “And I think he needs to understand what was done, what was wrong, and what he said in that interview, and he needs time. He’s stepped away to do that.”
Should Chris be fired?
“I think you have to see what happens,” she tells Billy. “I think I don’t want to play into things too quick to judge someone, right? Am I disappointed? Absolutely. Do I agree with what happened in that interview? No. But at the same time, he has taken the steps to not issue one but two apologies. Let’s see what happens from there.”
Here’s Chris Hrarison’s full apology:
Chris then appeared on Good Morning America and voiced his regret for defending Rachael Kirkconnell and apologized to Rachel Lindsay the second time.
“I am an imperfect man. I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for,” Chris told Michael Strahan. “I am committed to the progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise.”
“I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay and I didn’t speak from my heart and that is to say I stand against all forms of racism and I am deeply sorry. I’m sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I’m sorry to the Black community,” he added.
Emmanuel Acho will be hosting the upcoming After the Final Rose special.