For the first time since his controversial interview with Rachel Lindsay, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison spoke out on Good Morning America. Did he do anything to repair some of the damage that he caused glossing over Rachael Kirkconnell’s racist past?
When you think about some of his words in this interview, Chris said many of the right things — he discussed some of the growth that he is trying to do, and also apologized again for how he handled the Rachel interview.
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Yet, after the interview concluded Michael Strahan expressed doubts, noting that he got nothing more than a “surface response.” It’s hard to really argue with that idea. Chris’ words were what you would have expected from a man in his position, but it also felt very carefully planned out and plotted. As Strahan noted, it sounded like a man who wanted to keep his job — and Harrison noted that he has no interest in stepping aside for good. He won’t be a part of the upcoming After the Final Rose special, as that will be hosted instead by Fox Sports host Emmanuel Acho.
When it comes to Harrison’s future on the franchise and in TV, actions are going to speak louder than words. He likely knows that, and it’s up to him not just better himself, but also others. There are problems with The Bachelor that stem beyond him, and that includes the vetting process for contestants and also the about of air time that minority contestants often receive.
What do you think about Chris Harrison’s comments today?
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