Watch: Would Rachel Lindsay Consider Being Next "Bachelor" Host?
On the heels of Chris Harrison's temporary exit from the Bachelor franchise, Rachel Lindsay is sharing her thoughts on the shocking sequence of events and weighed in on whether she would ever tackle the unique hosting gig.
Harrison's Feb. 13 announcement that he would be stepping aside from hosting and the After the Final Rose special came mere days after he sparked criticism for comments about photos of current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell at a 2018 antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal. Kirkconnell has since issued an apology and said she is learning "how to be antiracist."
As for Harrison, he surprised Lindsey with his initial comments during their virtual interview. "Chris is somebody who has been the face of the franchise for so many years," Lindsay exclusively told E! News. "You usually get the PC answer from him, so I was a little shocked that he wanted to talk a little bit more on the subject."
Whether or not his initial attitude reflected anything more, Lindsay did not want to belabor the situation. "I think that he has apologized at this point, so I don't really want to go into it too much because he's apologized not once, not twice and he seems to be taking the steps that are necessary to really learn from this whole experience," she said. "I'm just happy for the level of awareness and to sit and see what happens next."
However, as she pointed out, "I think he has admitted the way the interview went, to use his own words, 'perpetuated racism,' so I think that he is aware of some of the things that went wrong in that interview and is willing to grow for it."
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Lindsay also weighed in on Kirkconnell's apology. "I mean, it's an apology. We been asking for it for a long time," she told E!. "I think it's a little bit after the fact, but she apologized. It was a great written statement and it's just holding her accountable to the things she said she is going to commit to and that's all we can do at this point."
Now, mere days after Harrison's swift announcement, the future of the franchise is a mystery. "I don't think anybody knows what's next," Lindsay said. "I think we are all going to be waiting and seeing."
As she faces critics blaming her for Harrison stepping aside, others have called for Lindsay to replace him as host. Would she consider it if given the opportunity? "Honestly, I am not even thinking about that," she said. "I think the bigger picture is that there is an issue and Chris is recognizing it, other people are recognizing and I think if my message is to really make change and to really create a level of awareness, then I can't be focused on trying to take somebody else's job. I am just focused on really us getting to a place of unity where we can all be better."