Bachelorette Tayshia Adams’ suitors unite to ‘denounce racism’ as fans demand Chris Harrison firing amid racist scandal
BACHELORETTE Tayshia Adams’ suitors have rallied together to share a joint statement that “denounces racism” following ongoing Chris Harrison outrage.
The longtime host of the franchise came under fire for “defending” Matt James contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s previous “racist” behavior and now fans want Chris fired.
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After the host’s controversial comments, the women of Matt’s season came together to release a statement denouncing racism on Thursday.
The following day the men on last season’s Bachelorette followed the ladies’ lead and also posted a letter in unison.
“As members of Season 16 of the Bachelorette, it is important that we acknowledge where we stand at this time.
“We had the opportunity to be a part of one of the most diverse casts in the history of the franchise.
“The addition of more people who identify as BIPOC has opened up the conversation on race, community, and who we are as people,” the statement read.
Nearly all 30 men from last season shared the post, which continued: “A conversation that has been long overdue.
“We stand united in denouncing racist behavior and any defense thereof.
“We also stand united with the women of Season 25 of the Bachelor, who have also denounced the same; moreover, we stand united with Rachel Lindsay, who has led the way.”
Tayshia’s final man and husband-to-be, Zac Clark, was one of the contestants who put the letter on his Instagram.
The former Bachelorette said that Chris’ comments were “full of ignorance” during a podcast on Friday.
Dale Moss – who was previously engaged to Clare Crawley before their nasty split – also shared the statement and included his own account about “growing up biracial in a predominantly white community.”
Other fan favorites who shared the statement include Ivan Hall, Ben Smith, Bennett Jordan and Blake Moynes.
The longtime face of the franchise – who has been apart of the show since season one in 2002 – sparked outrage for “offensive” comments regarding the ongoing scandal with Rachael Kirkconnell.
Fans have called for Chris, 49, to be fired for “unacceptable” comments made while chatting with former Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in the show’s history.
He asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, after resurfaced photos showed her attending an “Old South” plantation party in 2018.
During the chat, Chris also continued to speak over the ex Bachelorette and claimed the racism problems were “okay” in 2018 but “not in 2021” – while adding he’s “not the woke police.”
Adding to the backlash, 25 women from the current season rallied together to denounce the hosts’ stance in a joint statement.
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“We are the women of Bachelor Season 25. Twenty-five women who identify as BIPOC were cast on this historic season that was meant to represent change.
“We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism.
“Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized,” the women said.
Chris shared an Instagram apology of his own but Bachelor Nation wants more and The Sun exclusively revealed “for the first time in the show’s history,” the host’s job is on the chopping block.