Chris Harrison Apologizes for Defending ‘The Bachelor’ Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell Against Racism Claims

Chris Harrison has issued an apology for his recent comments.

The 49-year-old The Bachelor host received some backlash over comments he made to former The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay during an Extra interview on Tuesday (February 9).

In that interview, Chris and Rachel discussed the social media controversy surrounding Rachael Kirkconnell, who is currently competing on Matt James‘ season of the hit dating reality show.

Chris and Rachel discussed the photos that recently surfaced on Reddit of Rachael attending a fraternity party back in 2018. The party was described as “antebellum plantation themed ball.”

Chris said that he had not spoken to Rachael about the photos yet, but did say “we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.”

Rachel then pointed out that attending the event is “not a good look,” to which Chris responded: “Is it [not] a good look in 2018? Or is it not a good look in 2021? Because there’s a big difference.”

Chris then added, “The woke police is out there. And this poor girl Rachael, who has just been thrown to the lions, I don’t know how you are equipped when you have never done this before, to be woke enough, to be eloquent enough, to be ready to handle this.”

After the interview went viral, Chris received a lot of backlash for seemingly defending Rachael amid the racist claims.

On Wednesday (February 10), Chris released an apology on Instagram regarding the matter.

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