‘The Bachelor’ Spoilers: Chris Harrison’s Girlfriend Lauren Zima Condemns His Behaviour
She told her fans on Instagram that Chris had made a mistake, and she did not seek to defend her boyfriend: “What Chris said was wrong and disappointing. Defending racism can never happen. Accountability comes first; what’s next is learning and growth.” This came shortly after Chris announced his intention to step aside from the show. In his statement, he said:
“The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special. I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
He also told his fans the following: “My ignorance did damage to my friends, my colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. I set standards for myself, and I have not met them. I feel that with every fibre of my being.”
Nevertheless, it should be noted that Chris had been a presenter of the show for over 15 years. And while he apologized immediately, looking back, it simply delayed the inevitable: “I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology. I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday, I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed.
While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that, I am so deeply sorry.”
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