As always, Chris Harrison said this would be the most dramatic season of “The Bachelor” yet. For once, he wasn’t wrong.
But it’s not the on-screen drama that’s been so explosive. On social media, a movement has errupted within Bachelor Nation that’s questioning the purpose and necessity of “The Bachelor” itself.
“By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable,” Harrison, 49, wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. “I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was wrong. I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time”
Harrison was addressing his treatment of former “Bachelorette” Lindsay during an interview with her about one-time “Bachelor” frontrunner Kirkconnell, who has faced accusations of racism, including partaking in an event that glorified the Antebellum era. Kirkconnell also released a statement of her own, calling her ignorance “racist.”
So, it’s been a bombshell week for the franchise, with many of the usual viewers — and even its current stars — opting out of watching Monday night’s episode in solidarity with the mistreated castmates of color.