Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin convened for a special episode of “Bachelor Happy Hour,” during which they discussed Rachel’s recent “Extra” interview with Chris Harrison regarding current “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and her past racist actions.
Reflecting on Chris’ failure to condemn Rachael Kirkconnell’s problematic behavior, Rachel Lindsay and Becca explained why accountability within Bachelor Nation is more important than ever in this moment.
“It’s not your battle to fight at this point,” Becca told Rachel Lindsay, before addressing listeners directly: “I don’t know why I’m getting emotional here. You guys, I am Rachel’s co-host here. I am her counterpart for this. Please come to me, too. Call me out or keep me accountable more. People have definitely done that in the past. But I want you to know that I will always have [Rachel’s] back and I’m going to continue to learn and grow.”
For her part, Rachel Lindsay — who made history in 2017 as the first Black person to ever lead the Bachelor franchise on Season 13 of “The Bachelorette” — said that she is worn out from having to address a succession of racist controversies within Bachelor Nation.
“I am exhausted. I am tired. It never stops. I think that’s what the thing is. It never freaking stops,” she said. “I think the fact that it keeps happening in Bachelor Nation shows that it is a problem in this country and not just this franchise — the fact that people keep coming in with problematic behavior, the fact that things aren’t necessarily changing a certain way, or people can’t see things from another viewpoint. That’s America. This is just a reflection of it.”
Elsewhere, Becca said that she is looking forward to welcoming Rachael Kirkconnell on “Bachelor Happy Hour” in the near future.
“Once we do have her here, it could be hopefully a really transformative, educational, eye-opening conversation. I hope we have her to sit down and question her about it,” the Season 14 Bachelorette said. “I hope all three of us can sit down and take something away, actually learn and grow, and move forward in a positive way and not just [hear Rachael Kirkconnell] say, ‘I was caught. I’m sorry. Peace.’”
Chris apologized twice for what he said in his interview with Rachel Lindsay on Wednesday and again on Saturday, the latter of which included his announcement of a temporary hiatus. Meanwhile, Rachael Kirkconnell apologized for her racist actions on Thursday. Read their statements, each shared via Instagram, here.
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