On Monday night, Matt James sent home four women and settled on the remaining suitors with whom he’ll be going on upcoming hometown dates.
He often conferred during the episode with host Chris Harrison.
Which may have struck some viewers at odd because… wait… didn’t Harrison announce on Saturday that he’s taking a leave of absence from The Bachelor?
The short answer is yes, Harrison did confirm this shocking news over the weekend.
However, Season 25 finished filming many months ago, so he’ll be featured on every installment going forward — except for the After the Final Rose special.
Harrison felt compelled to step back from the franchise because he garnered a great deal of backlash for his reaction to some scandalous social media posts from the past of Rachael Kirkconnell.
After images of the strong Season 25 contender emerged that featured her attending a plantation-themed dance, and which also featured her Liking the Confederate Flag, Harrison mostly withheld judgment.
He asked folks for “compassion and grace” when it came to these contrroversial stances and behavior, seemingly ignoring the pain they cause people of color.
Harrison made these comments in an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.
So… where does Lindsay stand on Harrison’s announncement?
How does she feel about Harrison leaving his long-time platform as host?
“It was never my intention to see Chris Harrison step aside but it was my intention for others to see and hear this interview,” Lindsay said on Extra on Monday.
“It’s important to further and highlight these discussions.
“The only way to do that is to have these uncomfortable conversations so we can understand the underlying issues and implicit racism that exists within our society.
“When we can learn to recognize implicit and unconscious bias that history of our environments have taught us, then we can challenge one another to be better for ourselves but also for this society.”
Lindsay has long been outspoken about The Bachelor’s diversity problem.
She gave a tepid round of applause for the series after it cast Matt James as this season’s lead, but she also made it clear that this only served as a first step.
Rachel wanted to see how the program would tackle the issue of race going forward.
And it’s safe to say it’s receiving a failing grade so far.
“Let’s not label, let’s not cancel, but let’s hold people accountable for their actions,” added Lindsay to Extra.
“Let’s set the example in this generation so that we don’t repeat the horrific mistakes from the past and so we can unify and be the change that this country needs to make this society better for the next generation.”
Well said, we think.
Lindsay also believes Harrison is right to walk away.
“Like he said, he needs to take time to get educated and on a profound and productive level to use his word,” she said.
“And I think he needs to understand what was done, what was wrong, and what he said in that interview, and he needs time.
“He’s stepped away to do that.”
For how long?
Not very, is our …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip
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