BACHELORETTE Rachel Lindsay wants ABC to “stop production” as they”haven’t fixed their problems” amid racism scandal.
Previously, host Chris Harrison stepped down after he was accused of defending “racism” following his defense of contestant’s Rachael Kirkconnell’s “old south” photo.
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Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay thinks ABC should ‘stop production’ as the franchise ‘haven’t fixed their problems’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The popular franchise’s host Chris Harrison stepped down recently after he seemed to defend current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s ‘old south’ photoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Georgia native attended an Antebellum plantation-themed party in 2018
During Tuesday’s episode of her podcast Higher Learning, the 35-year-old said: “I think that they should just stop until … they get the train back on the tracks.
“You’re gonna go into another season but you still have all these issues. How have you fixed them coming into a new season? You really haven’t.”
The TV star added that producers should “take a beat” before they continue with more episodes.
She said: “Figure things out, regroup and then bring the product back to us [in] a way that we can all enjoy it the way that we used to.”
‘I think that they should just stop until … they get the train back on the tracks,’ Rachel L said on her podcast Higher LearningCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The 35-year-old was The Bachelorette‘s first Black lead in 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The popular franchise has had a dark cloud over it all through season 25, which is currently being led by Bachelor Matt James.
The 24-year-old’s past social media history was also put under scrutiny for her questionable posts.
The chaos kicked off after viewers learned about Rachael K’s 2018 party, as well as her questionable social media historyCredit: ABC
She is considered the frontrunner for Bachelor Matt James’ heart on the show’s 25th seasonCredit: ABC
He said: “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I’ve seen some stuff online… again, this ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart.”
Chris, 49, added: “I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet, and until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say [anything]?”
Things became more heated after host Chris seemed to defend Rachael K’s past actions in an interview with Rachel LCredit: extraTv
‘We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion,’ Chris said at the timeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
However, after receiving backlash, the 49-year-old stepped down and apologized, admitting to being ashamed of his commentsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Chris of course received plenty of pushback for his comments, including from Rachel L, and a few days later he revealed he was ashamed of his comments and said he was stepping down as the host of the franchise.
He said: “…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.”
Rachel L was The Bachelorette‘s first Black lead in 2017.
Unfortunately, Rachel L has also had backlash as she was forced to leave Instagram after trolls made her life on social media impossible.Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Following the backlash against both the contestant and the host, The Sun revealed that Chris won’t be coming back as producers make the effort to add diversity to all levels of the show.
The insider also revealed: “There’s been big staffing changes on all levels. More people of color have been hired as producers, editors, sound engineering, administrative positions and everything in between.
“ABC is also implementing more diversity training for everyone involved on the show.”
However, unfortunately Rachel L also felt heat as following weeks of her speaking out against and slamming both Chris and Rachael K for perpetuating historical racism, she was forced to leave Instagram after trolls made her life on social media impossible.
Bachelor execs would soon defend Rachel LCredit: Getty Images – Getty
They wrote: “Rachel has received an unimaginable amount of hate and has been subjected to severe online bullying, which, more often than not, has been rooted in racism.
“That is totally unacceptable. Rachel has been an incredible advocate for our cast, and we are grateful that she has worked tirelessly toward racial equity and inclusion.”