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Reigning Bachelorette Tayshia Adams is here for Chris Harrison’s decision to step away from The Bachelor to educate himself following his self-destructive Extra interview with Rachel Lindsay.

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On Thursday’s episode of her podcast, Click Bait with Bachelor Nation, Adams said the longtime host’s decision to take a break from his duties is “a really good thing.”

This comes as Harrison continues to face backlash following comments he made about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell‘s past racist actions, urging fans to give the “poor girl” some compassion and grace instead of holding her accountable. Rachael’s social media has revealed this season’s frontrunner taking part in a lot of problematic behavior, including dressing up in a Native American costume and, most notably, attending an antebellum plantation-themed ball.

Following the troublesome interview, fans in Bachelor Nation called him out and even started a petition to get him fired. It was soon thereafter that Harrison announced he would step away from the franchise for the time being to “try to evolve and be a better man.”

On Click Bait, Tayshia explained why Harrison’s apology “meant a lot to her.”
“I think after reading his apology there’s a few things that stuck out to me, it hit my heart a little bit more to know he actually meant what he was saying,” she said. “He said, ‘By excusing historical racism I defended it’ which is the absolute truth, and the fact that he called that out and owned up to that and he acknowledges that, means a lot to me.”

She continued, “Also the fact that he said, ‘This is not just a moment but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make each day’ also meant a lot to me, because it isn’t just a moment, just like how Blacks 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.”

Adams also stated that the longtime host stepping back was “absolutely” the right decision.



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