During the conversation, Chris told Rachel that “we all need to have a little grace” toward Rachael, and he also called out “the woke police.”
The following day, Chris took to Instagram to apologize for his comments and acknowledged that what he said “perpetuates racism.”
Meanwhile, Katie—who debuted as lead of The Bachelorette on Monday, June 7—tweeted on March 11 that she hopes “that Chris Harrison continues to take more time to step away while sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work.” The following day, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams were announced as replacement hosts for the upcoming Bachelorette season, although Katie herself would not be publicly confirmed as the season’s lead until March 15.
During her new Extra appearance, Rachel expressed that Chris’ move may have been part of a natural progression. “It’s been 19 years, and if you do watch the show, we saw less and less of Chris,” she said. “Nineteen years is a big accomplishment. Maybe that’s the case. We don’t know. Maybe they were ready to move on.”
As for whether Rachel has accepted Chris’ apology, she told Billy she has previously explained that she does. “I still stand by that,” she continued. “I do. I think that’s the way to move forward.”
On June 8, Chris addressed his departure in an Instagram post that read, “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”