RACHAEL Kirkconnell is "mad" that The Bachelor host Chris Harrison spoke about her past behavior in a new interview, The Sun can exclusively report.
The Bachelor frontrunner has been hit with allegations of "racist" actions, including her attendance at an "Old South" plantation party in 2018.
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A source close to Rachael has revealed new details on the situation, following host Chris Harrison's interview with previous Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and his apology shortly after.
The social media scrutiny began when a viral TikTok video exposed old photos of Rachael, 24, attending a controversial Old South fraternity party in 2018.
The show frontrunner has been labeled “racist” for donning costumes considered "offensive", culturally insensitive, and appropriating.
Chris Harrison stood to defend the contestant, as he spoke about the surfaced images in an interview with the show's previous contender Rachel Lindsay.
The insider has divulged that Rachael was "not informed" that Chris would be speaking on her behalf, and was not pleased by the outcome.
Chris, 49, issued a public apology for his words shortly following the discussion after angry fans took to social media to slam him for "defending" Rachael.
“Rachael was not informed that Chris Harrison was going to do the Rachel Lindsay interview that talked about her and wasn’t aware there’d be an apology issued from him about it," they revealed.
In a lengthy post he wrote: “To my Bachelor Nation family – 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," he elaborated.
“I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”
During his conversation with Rachel Lindsay, the two argued over Rachael's lack of response to the allegations, as the contestant has yet to come out with an apology for her past behavior.
The insider also reported that Matt James' potential choice wants to voice her side, but ABC is standing in her way.
“Rachael has wanted to speak out about everything that’s being said about her and her past behavior but ABC won’t let her. They originally said they’ll allow her to release a statement if they approve it first," they claimed.
"She wrote a long one and sent it in last week. They rejected it because it didn’t mention key things they wanted her to mention, including Matt James.
"Rachael wanted the focus to be on her as it’s her past mistakes and has nothing to do with Matt, but it seems ABC wants to remind people she’s in an interracial relationship," they've shared.
The source went on to explain that "ABC has complete control" over her ability to speak out, and that "no one from production has reached out to help her."
The Sun has reached out to ABC for comment, but the company has not yet publicly addressed the ongoing issue.
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