Rachel Lindsay is ready to disconnect from the « Bachelor » franchise after a series of problematic scandals surrounding the race on the ABC dating show.
« I can’t take it anymore, » said Lindsay , 35, on Friday on her « Higher Learning » podcast. « I’m kind of contractually bound. But when the time comes, so am I. I can’t do it anymore. »
After appearing on Nick Vall’s season « The Bachelor », the Dallas attorney was named a first black « Bachelorette » selected. She currently hosts the official « Bachelor Happy Hour » podcast associated with the franchise.
Although Lindsay has worked closely with the « Bachelor » franchise for the past few years, before the current « Bachelor » Matt James has always talked very loudly about the lack of diversity in the show, especially the lack of a black male lead.
In June last year, she said exclusively to page 6 in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement: “When I look at what’s in Happening to our country, and then the franchise, I can’t be further connected – it’s frankly embarrassing at this point – to be affiliated with a franchise that is not on the right side. “
Recently, racist tensions in the » Bachelor « franchise came to the fore when Lindsay interviewed longtime host of the series, Chris Harrison, about » Extra « .
In the segment, he asked viewers to Candidate Rachael Kirkconnell offered « a little grace, a little understanding » on the charge that she « liked » racially insensitive social media posts and was photographed at a party with plantation motifs.
« The things that cooked me the most were the compassion and the space and grace that Chris Harrison wanted to give Rachael, but he couldn’t give it to Rachel in the interview, he couldn’t give it to the people who were offended by the things she did, « Lindsay told Higher Learning.
Harrison, 49, apologized for speaking in a way that » perpetuates racism, « and Lindsay shared with that the ABC host also contacted her personally.
Although the former Bachelorette said she « appreciated » Harrison’s remarks, she added, « I’m f-king tired. I’m exhausted. I have really enough. «
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Kirkconnell spoke about the backlash on Thursday evening: » At one point I didn’t realize how insulting and racist my actions were, but she doesn’t excuse that. My age or when it happened Don’t excuse anything. You are in no way ak acceptable or okay. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist. “
Representatives from ABC, Warner Bros. and Lindsay did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
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