Chris Harrison Is 'Deeply Sorry' for Defending 'Bachelor' Contestant in a Way That 'Perpetuates Racism'

Chris Harrison Is 'Deeply Sorry' for Defending 'Bachelor' Contestant in a Way That 'Perpetuates Racism'

“While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf,” “Bachelor” host writes

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Chris Harrison apologized Wednesday for defending “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell “in a manner that perpetuates racism.”

“To my Bachelor Nation family — I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” the “Bachelor” franchise host wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. “I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed. While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf.”

His statement continues: “What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”

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