Rachel Lindsay is livid. The Bachelorette alum is so angry at recent comments from Chris Harrison about race relations, she’s thinking of cutting all ties with the franchise.
According to Variety, Lindsay recently said she won’t renew her contract. She currently hosts a Bachelor Nation podcast, and is part of The Bachelor family with cameo appearances on-screen in various episodes throughout several differentent seasons.
She spoke extensively about her anger over Harrison’s comments on the Feb 12 episode of the Higher Learning podcast.
“I’m f— tired. I’m exhausted. I have truly had enough,” she said.
Lindsay first appeared on The Bachelorette in 2017 and was also the first Black lead on the series. This year, both The Bachelorette and The Bachelor had Black leads, with Matt James being the first male Black lead. She also met her now-husband, Bryan Abasolo on the program.
“My entire reason for doing The Bachelorette — and I was lucky that it worked out for me in the most beautiful way in finding Bryan — is that I wanted to be representative as a Black woman to this audience,” she said on the podcast. “And I wanted to pave the way for more people to have this opportunity. In some ways that has happened. I wanted the franchise to be better. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I’m connected to it. It did stuff for me, and I’ll never forget that.”
Rachel Lindsay Not Moved By Apology
Despite an apology from Harrison for the comments he made during a podcast appearance next to Lindsay, The Bachelorette alum isn’t budging.
Harrison’s comments were during a conversation over Rachael Kirkconnell. Kirkconnell is under fire after a photo showing her apparently attending a plantation-themed fraternity party. Kirkconnell since apologized. However, Harrison blamed cancel culture for the brouhaha.
“I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago and that’s it. Like, boom,” Harrison said, in regards to the photos of Kirkconnell at the plantation-themed party. “I’m like, ‘Really?”
Indeed, the comments drew a stiff rebuke. Lindsay was one of those incensed at his downplaying the apparent racism.
“How much more do I want to be affiliated with this?” She said this week. “How much more can I take of things like this?”
Pushing For Black Involvement
As she also worked out whether she might return, Lindsay made it clear the show has made some leaps in racial relations. However, despite adding Black leads and a diversity consultant, she wonders what it’s really accomplished. She also wondered if Harrison bothered to talk to the consultant.
“I can’t take it anymore,” Lindsay said. “I’m contractually bound in some ways. But when it’s up, I am too. I can’t do it anymore.”
So far, Warner Bros. TV, the company behind The Bachelor franchise has not issued a statement over Lindsay’s comments.