Chris Harrison Apologizes for Defending Rachael Kirkconnell

When Rachel pointed out that attending the event was “not a good look,” Chris replied, “Well, Rachel, is it a good look in 2018, or is it not a good look in 2021? Because there’s a big difference.” 

After the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast host said that the party was “celebrating the Old South,” Chris countered, “That was not the case in 2018. And again, I’m not defending Rachael. I just know that, I don’t know, 50 million people did that in 2018. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. And again, I’m not defending it; I didn’t go to it.”

The former lead of The Bachelorette expressed it’s “frustrating” that Rachael hasn’t addressed the Reddit post from January, leading Chris to refer to the situation as a “slippery slope.”

He added, “The woke police is out there. And this poor girl Rachael, who has just been thrown to the lions, I don’t know how you are equipped when you have never done this before, to be woke enough, to be eloquent enough, to be ready to handle this.”

Chris pointed out Rachael did not take part in the Women Tell All special that was recently filmed, and he said it is not the show’s responsibility to address the situation before the contestant herself does. 

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