Entertainment Michael Strahan Calls Out Chris Harrison's "Surface Response" Apology
The Bachelor's Chris Harrison Addresses Controversial Social Media Accusations Against Rachael
Chris Harrison spoke to Rachael Lindsay about the recent allegations regarding Rachael Kirkconnell from Matt James’ season of The Bachelor.Last week, The Bachelor contestant—who is competing for the affection of Matt James, the first-ever Black Bachelor—received criticism after a Redditor shared photos of the Georgia native at a 2018 fraternity formal, which the social media user described as an "antebellum plantation themed ball." The pictures followed a series of accusations about Kirkconnell's alleged social media behavior, as well as an allegation from a TikTok user who claimed to have been bullied by the graphic designer in high school.
says he is "committed to progress" after temporarily exiting his longtime role of host following a racism controversy. But Good Morning America's seems skeptical.
In a Feb. 9 interview, Harrison argued with formerstar about current hopeful Rachael Kirkconnell's past controversial social media posts, for which . He later apologized himself for "excusing historical racism" in that interview and then announced he is from his longtime role of host of The Bachelor franchise. On Thursday, March 4, about the controversy, which had , apologizing again.
Michael Strahan sits down with Michael Jordan, Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin
In an exclusive interview on FOX NASCAR‘s pre-race show prior to Sunday‘s Daytona 500, Michael Strahan sat down with basketball legend and 23XI Racing co-owner Michael Jordan, co-owner Denny Hamlin and driver Bubba Wallace. The quartet of stardom talked about a variety of topics, including Jordan‘s NASCAR fandom from a young age, how 23XI Racing […]“I‘ve been texting these clowns … I‘m excited, I‘m nervous even though I‘m not getting in the car,” Jordan told Strahan.
"His apology is his apology, but it felt like I got nothing more than a surface response on any of this," Strahan later told his co-hosts on the air, after the interview concluded. "And obviously, he's the man who wants to clearly stay on the show only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words."
In his interview with Strahan, Harrison said, "I'm 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. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise. Antebellum parties are not OK—past, present, future. Knowing what that represents is unacceptable."
"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," the Bachelor Nation host continued. "I'm sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I'm sorry to the Black community."
Tayshia Adams Says Chris Harrison Stepping Aside from 'Bachelor' Is 'Absolutely' The Right Decision
Harrison revealed he'd be temporarily stepping down on Saturday.Following a controversial interview in which he defended Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past racist behavior, Harrison announced on Saturday that he'd be taking time off and would not be be hosting the show's upcoming After the Final Rose special. Kirkconnell has since apologized for her actions, as has Harrison.
Harrison also said, "I am not a victim here. I made a mistake and I own that. Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work and I am committed to that work."
The Bachelor Nation host said he has been working closely with a "race educator and strategist," and faith leaders and scholars like Michael Eric Dyson, who he says "often talks to me about council. Not cancel, and that is full accountability, understanding what you didn't understand, owning that, learning from that, seeking counsel often in the community that you hurt, learning from them, listening, gaining experience, knowledge and moving forward."
ABC has not announced a return date for Harrison, who has already been replaced by former NFL player Emmanuel Acho, author of the book, as the host of the upcoming The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special that is set to air on March 15.
"I plan to be back and I want to be back," Harrison told Strahan. "This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done and I am excited to be a part of that change."
The Bachelor Faces Continued Backlash for Featuring Chris Harrison’s Voiceover in Finale .
Chris Harrison is under fire once again. The disgraced host did voiceover work for The Bachelor finale on Monday, March 15, despite announcing he was stepping down from the franchise.Last month, Harrison stepped down from his Bachelor hosting duties—or so we thought.