Rachel Lindsay, the first black “Bachelorette” in the franchise, expressed surprise that longtime host, Chris Harrison, exited the show for good after being accused of perpetuating racism.
Speaking with Billy Bush on “Extra,” Lindsay said she was not expecting him to fully exit the show he has hosted since 2002.
“I wasn’t expecting for it to happen, not after the announcement,” she said.
Lindsay believes that Harrison’s eventual exit was made possible by several former contestants coming forward to complain.
“I think several past contestants coming forward and saying they didn’t want him to be part of ‘Paradise.’ I think Katie Thurston, her very last tweet before she went to film her season was that Chris needed to step away,” Lindsay explained. “I think that, coupled with the interview that happened on this very stage, maybe led to him not coming back.”
Harrison stepped onto a minefield of controversy earlier this year when he defended “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after photos surfaced of her