The Bachelor 2021 LIVE – Matt James meets Rachael’s Dad during tense hometown date amid racism controversy
MATT JAMES BREAKS SILENCE ON CHRIS HARRISON SCANDAL
The Bachelor’s Matt James released a statement ahead of tonight’s hometowns episode.
The Bachelor addressed the Chris Harrison scandal saying, “It is important that I take the time to address the troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming, including the incredibly disappointing photos of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison.”
“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” he said.
James said Harrison’s “failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch.”
“As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years,” he continued.
He said the moment “sparked critical conversations and reporting, raised important questions and resulted in inspiring displays of solidarity from The Bachelor nation.”
He said he was going to reevaluate what his time on the The Bachelor represented “not just for me, but for all the contestants of color, especially the Black contestants of this season and seasons past, and for you, the viewers home.”
He concluded that “you will hear more from me in the end” and said he hoped this will result in “real and institutional change for the better.”