Tayshia Adams Says It's 'Absolutely' Right For Chris Harrison To Step Down
By Emily Lee
February 22, 2021
Tayshia Adams is speaking out on Chris Harrison's decision to step away from Bachelor Nation.
Following the backlash from his Extra interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay—where he defended current Bachelor contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, after she was accused of past racist actions on social media—Harrison announced he would step down as host of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to "try to evolve and be a better man." Adams believes this is "absolutely" the right decision for Harrison.
"It hit my heart a little bit more to know that he, like, actually meant what he was saying," Adams said of Harrison's public apology on her podcast Click Bait. Adams, who took over as Bachelorette for Clare Crawley in the show's latest season, said a "few things that stuck out" about Harrison's statement, including when he wrote, "By excusing historical racism, I defended it." which Adams told her co-hosts "is the absolute truth."
Adams also discussed Harrison's pledge to learn more about the history of racism and work toward being a better, more educated citizen. "It isn't just a moment," Adams said. "Just like how Black Lives Matter isn't just a trending topic on Instagram. It's a thing that's taking place every single day that we should actively try to partake in and better."
Though she believes Harrison's decision to temporarily step away from Bachelor Nation is the right move, she also says she believes he deserves a second chance. "Look, people make mistakes," she told her co-hosts. "Granted, this one was…it's full of arrogance and it affected a lot of people. But this is the thing: I feel like we have to allow people to prove us wrong and prove themselves."
"I'm not excusing any wrong that anyone has done," she continued. "There is a lot of hurt behind, you know, his actions and Rachael's actions and all of the above. But what I'm trying to say is: How are we going to better the world, how are we going to better ourselves, if people don't give us a chance to do that and prove that? So, we got our apologies. I appreciate it. Let's just see what comes from them."