After defending current "Bachelor" contestant Rachael Kirkconnell from the "woke police" on social media, the show's host Chris Harrison has announced he is "stepping aside for a period of time."
The issue began when Harrison went on "Extra" to speak to correspondent Rachel Lindsay, a previous "Bachelor" contestant and "Bachelorette" herself. Pictures had surfaced of Kirkconnell attending a "plantation themed" party a few years ago, which a throng of social media users declared racist.
Harrison told Lindsay that, "We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion," in dealing with others and their mistakes. Lindsay disagreed, taking to her own podcast to blast Harrison for defending racism, and declare that she will disassociate herself from the program because she, "can't take it anymore."
After outrage generated by Lindsay and others, Harrison has now been compelled to apologize for "the pain" his words caused, prostrating himself before the "Black community" and the "BIPOC community," promising to get "educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before" as he journeys down his path to become anti-racist.
Harrison will not be hosting the "After the Rose" special that is set to air after the season finale.