The Bachelor Scandal and Why You Should Care…

This season of ABCs, The Bachelor has been “the most dramatic season yet” (as former host, Chris Harrison would say). Recently, he has announced that he is stepping down from his role as host. Harrison has been the host of The Bachelor since the first episode aired in 2002, which is why this news is so shocking. What scandal caused him to step down you may ask?

The scandal involves contestant,  Rachael Kirkconnell, one of the remaining three contestants left on Matt James’ season. A post of Kirkconnell resurfaced of her posing at an antebellum plantation-themed party fraternity. Chris Harrison spoke on her behalf of this photograph but has recently apologized for his actions. That being said, he is still no longer the host of this widely popular TV show. According to CNN, Harrison said, “To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you.” Should Bachelor Nation accept his apology? Or should he face consequences for his actions? As for Rachel, what consequences is she facing?

According to CNN, Rachael apologized, saying that she “didn’t recognize how offensive and racist her actions were, but that it doesn’t excuse them.” Although she apologized, that does not mean that Bachelor Nation has accepted her apology. She is still receiving hate, and I do not think that she will be back on any of ABCs bachelor shows, such as The Bachelor in Paradise any time soon. I think that this is too big of a scandal to be forgiven. But, time will tell, and we will have to see how everything unfolds.

Next week is the finale of this season. The remaining contestants include Bri, Michelle, and Rachael. Who will Matt pick? What will happen if he chooses Rachael? Watch next week on Monday on ABC to find out!


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