‘Bachelor’ star Matt James addresses Chris Harrison, Rachael Kirkconnell controversies

“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” James stated in a press release.

WASHINGTON — “The Bachelor” star Matt James broke his silence Monday to handle the continuing racism controversy surrounding the ABC courting franchise.

“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” James, the first-ever Black “Bachelor,” stated in an Instagram post.

The host of the present, Chris Harrison, got here below hearth after an interview on “Extra” when he was requested about racially insensitive previous habits from “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.

Past images of her resurfaced during which she is wearing costume as a Native American and at an antebellum plantation-themed ball. Kirkconnell later issued an apology for what she calls her previous “racist and offensive” actions.

In the interview, Harrison defended Kirkconnell towards what he referred to as the “woke police” on social media. “We all have to have slightly grace, slightly understanding, slightly compassion,” he stated within the interview.

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Harrison has since apologized, saying “my ignorance did damage” and he was “ashamed over how uninformed I was.” He stated he could be stepping apart from his TV present “for a period of time” and won’t be internet hosting the ”After the Final Rose” particular that may observe the season finale of “The Bachelor.”

With a number of episodes nonetheless left to air, James stated within the assertion Monday that the previous few weeks “have been some of the most challenging of my life.” He added that it is “important that I take the time to address the troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming.”

“This moment has sparked critical conversations and reporting, raised important questions, and resulted in inspiring displays of solidarity from ‘The Bachelor’ nation,” James wrote. “It has also pushed me to reevaluated and process what my experience on ‘The Bachelor’ represents, not just for me, but for the contestants of color, especially the Black contestants of this season and seasons past, and for you, the viewers at home.”

James ended his assertion by saying that he’s nonetheless persevering with to course of the expertise of the present, and that his best prayer is that there’s a “real and institutional change for the better.”

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