‘The Bachelor’ Week 7 recap: Show ignores racism uproar amid protests

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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.

Harrison has temporarily stepped down from hosting the show after excusing the racist actions of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, in an interview with Rachel Lindsay.

“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.