Former 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay breaks silence on Chris Harrison's exit from the franchise

Former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay spoke out following the departure of longtime host Chris Harrison.

6/11/2021 7:30:00 AM

Former 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Breaks Silence On Chris Harrison's Exit From The Franchise (via Fox411)

Former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay spoke out following the departure of longtime host Chris Harrison.

Although the racism scandal was the catalyst for Harrison stepping aside for this season of"The Bachelorette" and the upcoming"Bachelor in Paradise," Lindsay added that she believes fans can only"speculate" about what else went into the decision not to bring Harrison back to the reality series. 

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Rachel Lindsay spoke out about Chris Harrison's exit from ‘The Bachelor’ franchise.(Paul Hebert via Getty Images)"I think several past contestants coming forward and saying they didn't want him to be part of ‘Paradise.’ I think Katie Thurston, her very last tweet before she went to film her season was that Chris needed to step away," Lindsay explained."I think that, coupled with the interview that happened on this very stage, maybe led to him not coming back."

Harrisonappeared on"Extra" in Februaryfor an interview with Lindsay in which he caught backlash for defending then-"Bachelor" contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after it came to light that she had attended an"Old South'' themed party in 2018 at a plantation. At the time, Harrison argued that times were different three years ago and advocated for forgiving Kirkconnell. headtopics.com

The host caught swift and immediate backlash prompting him to issue an apology of his own.  Read more: TMZ »

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