Bachelor Nation Alums Respond to Chris Harrison's Defense of Rachael Kirkconnell

Bachelor Nation has been speaking out against Chris Harrison’s Extra interview with Rachel Lindsay, during which the longtime host defended the racist actions of speculated winner Rachael Kirkconnell. In case you missed the interview or simply didn’t want to give Chris the views, he called (1) fans who were holding Rachael accountable for attending an Antebellum-themed plantation party the “woke police,” (2) tried to justify Rachael’s racist behavior by saying things were different in 2018 (no, they weren’t), and (3) was rude and disrespectful to Rachel Lindsay.

Chris Harrison ended up temporarily stepping down as host of The Bachelor, and many cast members have since spoken out supporting Rachel and denouncing Chris’ defense of racism. If you have 14 minutes, here’s the video of Rachel Lindsay’s interview with Harrison, or feel free to skip over it and read straight from Bachelor Nation alums below.

The Cast of Bachelor Season 25

The cast of Matt James’ season issued a joint statement, saying in part “Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized.”

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The Cast of Bachelorette Season 16

Tayshia Adams and Clare Crawley’s contestants also released a joint statement, saying in part, “We stand united in denouncing racist behavior and any defense thereof. We also stand united with the women of Season 25 of the Bachelor, who have denounced the same; moreover, we stand united with Rachel Lindsay, who has led the way.”

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Matt James

Matt recently issued a lengthly statement, in which he said “it is important that I take the time to address the troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming, including the incredibly disappointing photos of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison.”

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Pieper James

In addition to the Season 25 group statement, Pieper tweeted, “Black women in this franchise must always be hyper aware of our ‘grace’ because no one is extending it to us.”

Dale Moss

Meanwhile Clare’s Bachelorette winner Dale spoke out on Twitter, saying “The ‘lens’ that people are looking through in 2020 is the reality BIPOC have been living in their entire life.”

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