Rachel Lindsay is speaking out after Bachelor franchise host Chris Harrison announced he will be "stepping aside for a period of time." Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette — who previously called out the host for his comments about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past racist actions — said on Monday that she believes it was the "right decision" for Harrison to step aside from the franchise.
Olivia Lindsay, 35, told Extra host Billy Bush on Monday that she was "stunned" after her interview with Chris Harrison, during which he said that Kirkconnell deserved "compassion" after social media posts of hers surfaced — including Kirkconnell dressing up as a Native American person and attending an antebellum plantation-themed ball.
Chris Harrison, 49, announced Saturday he would step away from the franchise to "try to evolve and be a better man." A decision Lindsay welcomes, she said Monday. She said he needs to take time to get educated and on a profound and productive level to use his word, to understand what was done, what was wrong, and what he said in that interview, and he needs time.