During the episode — titled “A Discussion About Racism Within Bachelor Nation” — the podcast co-hosts discussed Rachel Lindsay’s recent “Extra” interview with Chris Harrison regarding current “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
At one point, Natasha shared her thoughts on Chris’ conversation with Rachel Lindsay, which aired Tuesday.
“Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay had an interview on ‘Extra,’ on Rachel’s show, and she asked him about Rachael [Kirkconnell], who is on Matt James’ season of [‘The Bachelor’]. There’s a lot of allegations of things that came out when the season first started that accused her of being racist,” Natasha said. “So, Rachel Lindsay asked Chris Harrison how he felt about it and his response was just not OK. It was not OK, in my opinion.”
Natasha continued, “It was him just explaining and explaining. And the whole time, one thing that really stuck out to me was he kept saying, ‘Oh, people are looking into her past. People are doing this. People are doing that.’ And, ‘Therefore, she is this. Therefore, she is this.’ He never even said the word racist or people are accusing [Rachael Kirkconnell] of being racist or being affiliated with things that are hurtful to the Black community. He couldn’t even say it.”
On Thursday, the women of “The Bachelor” Season 25 released a statement in response to Chris’ interview, in which they denounced racism and expressed support for Rachel Lindsay. (Read the statement in its entirety here.)
“They put out a message and they basically said, ‘We do not stand for this. We are Black, indigenous, and people of color on this franchise and we denounce [this]. We are not here for racism,’” Natasha said. “It was a strong message. They mention Rachel Lindsay as well, because they recognize how hard it probably was for her and I thought it was just very powerful.”
Tayshia — who became the second Black woman to lead “The Bachelorette” in 2020 three years after Rachel made history as the first — said that she was happy to see the “Bachelor” Season 25 cast applaud the “Extra” correspondent for how she conducted herself while speaking with Chris.
“I even spoke to Rachel yesterday and, to be honest with you, I thanked her because I am where I am [and] my experiences were my experiences because of her. My ‘Bachelorette’ experience was 10 times better than Rachel’s because she was the trailblazer as being the first Black Bachelorette,” Tayshia explained. “Also, I had way more resources than she did, and none of that would have been possible if she wasn’t the Bachelorette before and hadn’t had such a loud voice.”
She added, “The fact that these girls were able to say, ‘Thank you so much for trailblazing, we stand behind you, and you are not alone,’ it was amazing to me. I’ve never seen any of the girls do anything like this before. It was really powerful. I saw that and it made me really teary-eyed.”
Joe said that he thought the ladies’ statement was “great” and expressed gratitude toward his “Click Bait” co-hosts for allowing him to participate in such an important discussion. “I also want to say thank you to you guys because I am out of town and I know this was a timely podcast and there was the idea of possibly doing it just you two,” he said. “And you guys said you wouldn’t do that, you wouldn’t do it without me, and I appreciate that.”
Chris apologized Wednesday for what he said in his interview with Rachel Lindsay. Meanwhile, Rachael Kirkconnell apologized for her racist actions on Thursday. Read their statements, both shared via Instagram, here.
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