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At the same time, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Abasolo discussed Rachael's problematic history with Chris Harrison in an Extra interview. In their conversation, Chris actually defended Rachael, and he promptly received a ton of well-deserved criticism.
Rachel, who was the first Bachelorette back in 2017, opened up about the incident and her frustration with Chris on her podcast, Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay. The full episode should be required listening for all Bachelor fans who want to fully understand the gravity of this situation, Chris Harrison's actions, and the ongoing racially insensitive issues that have plagued the franchise.
Chris later apologized for defending Rachael, and this weekend he announced he is “stepping aside” from the entire Bachelor franchise. This is the man who has been the face of The Bachelor since the very beginning, so his departure in the wake of this controversy is a huge deal.
It's unclear who will replace Chris as the host of The Bachelor, and how this will impact Matt's season. While the events of the last week or so do not directly relate to Matt’s journey, it’s impossible to ignore since both Chris and Rachael appear in this episode.
So, now that we've covered what's happening in the present-day Bachelor world, let's get to the latest episode.