The Bachelor’s Matt James Addresses the Show’s ‘Devastating and Heartbreaking’ Racism Controversy

The Bachelor star Matt James issued a statement addressing the racism controversy surrounding host Chris Harrison and contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, faulting the franchise for falling short in regards to its handling of race.

Kirkconnell, who has become a clear frontrunner for James’ season, faced intense scrutiny this month when a viral TikTok accused her of sharing posts pushing QAnon conspiracy theories and liking others containing the Confederate flag. Another post, which gained the most attention, showed the Bachelor contestant at an “Old South” plantation-themed college party in 2018.

Addressing the controversy, Harrison sat down for an interview with Rachel Lindsay, the first and only Black woman to be cast as The Bachelorette lead.

“Well, Rachel, is it a good look in 2018, or is it not
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