Chris Harrison announced on Saturday, February 13th that he is temporarily stepping down as host of The bachelor after his controversial interview with Rachel Lindsay earlier this week.
The 49-year-old ABC personality posted a statement on Instagram announcing his decision.
“I have spent the past few days listening to the pain my words caused and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance has harmed friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and how I spoke. I set standards for myself and have not met them. I feel this with every fiber of my being. Just as I taught my children to stand up and own their actions, I will do the same, ”he wrote.
Harrison’s testimony continued, “In apologizing historical racism, I defended it. I used the term “police awakened” which is unacceptable. I am ashamed of how ignorant I was. I was so wrong. “
The native Texan announced that he would “step aside for a period of time and not stand up for the After the last rose Special. “Harrison noted that he has continued to” dedicate himself to education on a deeper and more productive level. “
Harrison outraged Bachelor fans on Tuesday, February 9, when he suggested for in an interview with Lindsay, 35, for extra that people need to have “compassion” for Rachael Kirkconnell on charges of racism. Members of the Bachelor Nation got together to call him after the interview. Harrison apologized publicly, which Lindsay wasn’t quick to accept.
“When I finished the interview with Chris Harrison, he had no problem with it. He was fine. He wrote to me afterwards, he appreciated the conversation. He said, “Yeah, I’ll probably go a little black, but I thought it was great that we couldn’t agree but do it civilly,” said the former Bachelorette revealed during an episode of the Higher Learning podcast on Friday February 12th.
In the midst of the scandal, several Bachelor Nation stars spoke out, some even calling for Harrison’s dismissal. Taylor Nolan, which appeared in season 21 of The bachelorlaunched an online petition to remove the host from his position. More than 30,000 people have signed it.
Keep scrolling to see how Bachelor Nation responded to Chris Harrison’s temporary resignation.