Harrison was being interviewed by Rachel Lindsay, a present Extra host and former star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette,” when he defended a present contestant who was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.
The franchise, which debuted in 2002, didn’t solid an individual of coloration as its lead till Lindsay, who’s Black. Now, she has stated she now not needs to be related to the collection.
“I’m exhausted. I have truly had enough,” Lindsay stated on the newest episode of her Higher Learning podcast following her interview with Harrison. “How much more do I want to be affiliated with this? I said I was gonna leave if they didn’t have leads of color. Okay, they did that, and they made some other changes. They hired a diversity consultant. Who didn’t attend the class? Did Chris Harrison not sit through that? I can’t take it anymore. I’m contractually bound in some ways. But when it’s up, I am too.”
When James was solid as “The Bachelor” final summer time, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke stated in a press release, “We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience.”
“The franchise, and all those who represent it, should reflect and honor the racial diversity of our country–both in front of and behind the camera,” the petition learn. (Like CNN, Warner Bros. is a part of WarnerMedia.)
Despite the addition of extra contestants of coloration in current seasons — and the casting of Juan Pablo Galavis, who’s Latino, as Season 18’s “Bachelor” — each critics and followers of the franchise have stated work towards progress stays.
Harrison, for his half, recommended he agrees.
“I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before,” Harrison stated in his assertion. “I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day.”