BACHELOR producers slammed the “sever online bullying” Rachel Lindsay received from fans as “inexcusable” after she was forced off Instagram.
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“As Executive Producers of The Bachelor Franchise we would like to make it perfectly clear that any harassment directed towards Rachel Lindsay in the aftermath of her interview with Chris Harrison is completely inexcusable,” the statement read.
They continued, “Rachel has received an unimaginable amount of hate and has been subjected to severe online bullying, which, more often than not, has been rooted in racism.
“That is totally unacceptable. Rachel has been an incredible advocate for our cast, and we are grateful that she has worked tirelessly toward racial equity and inclusion.”
Last month, Rachel had asked host Chris what he thought about the controversy surrounding Rachael Kirkconnell’s Antebellum plantation-themed party and he made a series of controversial comments that landed him in hot water.
After weeks of Rachel speaking out against both Chris and Rachael for perpetuating historical racism, the first black Bachelorette was forced to leave Instagram after trolls made her life on social media impossible.
“Because I’ve seen some stuff online… again, this ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart.”
During the 16-minute chat, Chris also continued to speak over Rachel and claimed the racism problems were “okay” in 2018 but “not in 2021” – while adding he’s “not the woke police.”
However, although many fans defended Chris, many called for his firing for the offensive behavior.
The insider exclusively told The Sun: “It’s only a matter of time before an announcement is made that Chris isn’t returning.
“At this point it’s not if, it’s when. There are still talks of keeping him as an executive producer.
“But unless Chris somehow turns this around, his role on-camera is done.”
He broke the news on Twitter, writing: “IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose & am honored to be hosting The Bachelor After the Final Rose this year.
“It’s been a pivotal season & this episode will be one of the most storied shows in its history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. See y’all then!”
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