Mr. Harrison’s hiatus got here after an interview with Rachel L. Lindsay, the present’s first Black “Bachelorette,” during which Mr. Harrison defended racist actions by considered one of this season’s three finalists.
The “After the Remaining Rose” particular will “cowl the present occasions concerning the franchise,” ABC stated in an announcement, in addition to conversations between Mr. Acho, Mr. James and the three finalists.
One of many finalists, Rachael Kirkconnell, has confronted criticism over images which have not too long ago surfaced, together with considered one of her attending an “Previous South” plantation-themed ball. Ms. Kirkconnell apologized in an Instagram publish, saying, “I used to be ignorant, however my ignorance was racist.”
Mr. James stated that the interview between Mr. Harrison and Ms. Lindsay “was troubling and painful to look at,” including that “it was a transparent reflection of a a lot bigger subject that ‘The Bachelor’ franchise has fallen brief on addressing adequately for years.”
Mr. Harrison, who continues to be listed because the present’s host on its web site, apologized, writing on Instagram that his feedback, like his use of the time period “woke police” in defending Ms. Kirkconnell, had been “unacceptable.”