ABC will replace host Chris Harrison as the host of “The Bachelorette” after he made controversial statements including using the term “woke police” to mock cancel culture.
Harrison faced backlash after he defended behavior from Rachael Kirkconnell, a former guest, whose statements were criticized as racist.
Per The Hill “In an interview with the franchise’s first Black lead on “The Bachelorette,” Rachel Lindsay, Harrison said that Kirkconnell deserved grace and questioned whether her actions in donning a Native American costume during an antebellum-themed party in college were “a good look in 2018” or “not a good look in 2021.”
Rachel Lindsay later deactivated her instagram account saying she was getting cruel and hateful harassment.
Chris Harrison later said in an apology “by excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”
Kirkconnell also issued an apology, writing on Instagram “‘at one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them.”