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Chris Harrison ‘Stepping Aside’ from ‘The Bachelor’ Amid Racism Controversy; Rachel Lindsay Says She’s Ready to Cut Ties with the Franchise

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The historic season of The Bachelor is now marred in controversy.  Matt James, became the reality-dating franchise’s first black lead bachelor, and his season is currently airing on ABC.  Over the past few days things took a troubling turn when front-runner contestant Rachael Kirkconnell was called out for “liking” racially-insensitive social media posts, and one which saw her in costume, attending an antebellum plantation-themed ball.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Chris Harrison addressed the situation during an interview on Extra with Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first black ‘Bachelorette’ back in 2017.  During their conversation, Harrison expressed that that people should have “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” for Kirkconnell. Lindsay did not agree with his view of Kirkconnell and the situation, nor did many fans of the show, who after Harrison’s interview aired started a petition for his removal from the show, and called him about for racist comments.  The next day, Harrison apologized for his comments in a post.

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On Thursday, Kirkconnell apologized for racist behavior on her Instagram here.

That brings us to Saturday, where now Harrison is stepping aside for now from his hosting duties with the show.  He shared on Instagram: “I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke.  I set standards for myself, and have to meet them. I feel that with every fiber of my being. Now just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same. By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.  To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism.”

He then said, “The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special. I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day. From here I can only try to evolve and be a better man, and I humble myself before all of you. I hope I will again live up to the expectations you all rightfully have for me and the expectations I have for myself.”

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As for Lindsay, she publicly shared she was not O.K. with her interview with Harrison, and on Friday, and on her podcast, shared: “When I finished that interview with Chris Harrison, he had no problems with it.  He was fine. He texted me after. He appreciated the conversation. He was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll probably get a little flack,’ but thought it was great that we could disagree but do it in a civil way.”

Rachel added: “During that conversation, his privilege was on display. He never gave me room to talk, and he never gave me room to share my perspective. He wasn’t trying to hear it, he was just trying to be heard.”

Now, Lindsay wants nothing more to do with the franchise, sharing, “I can’t take it anymore. I’m contractually bound in some ways. But when it’s up, I am too. I can’t do it anymore.”

So, what do you think of this latest dilemma and controversy facing The Bachelor franchise?  But first, watch Harrison’s interview with Lindsay on Extra, then share your comments on the situation below.

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The worse thing that ever has happened to this country social media we have literally hit bottom of the pit ! Tell me when was the last time your family looked at each other in the face? Had a conversation ? Did a puzzle played scrabble said I love you said a prayer and was thankful for food on the table took a bike ride took a walk tucked your child in bed made popcorn went skating ! Just a question ? So very sad for our country ! You won’t find the answers if you become involved with tearing… Read more »

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@Kay slavery and the racism attached to it as a by product is a real thing for all black Americans. It’s a hurtful, hateful thing perpetuated through the years by far too many white people world wide. To consistently fob it off, tell people to get over it and deal with it is beyond the pale. Popcorn, puzzles, skating, and prayers that it will all simply just vanish in the wind shows why this is and always will be something one race of people will deal with for decades and centuries to come. That’s just sad and pathetic. You can’t… Read more »

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ALL people have problems!

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I agree, davlestev1. I have the same disagreement with someone in my book group. He even rationalized Southern house slavery with “at least they learned a trade.” Seriously? The book CASTE has really opened my eyes to some insidious, subtler forms of racism that are STILL present every day. It makes me feel quite ashamed of our nation’s apathy.

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Kay, this is a good post. It does remind those who checked out, social media has taken away face to face communication, it gives power to say whatever you want, right or wrong, its out there to judge and you will always lose! If I were in the spotlight I would never speak to anyone because they will twist and turn just to make you look bad and sell their show because everyone will be talking about XYZ!

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Social media isn’t the problem. It’s people trying to hide their true viewpoints And beliefs, getting caught, and getting called out. How utterly insensitive of you to say ALL people have problems. Blame it on social media. Don’t condone wrong racist behavior. End of.

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Say hello to Joe!

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May God grant you eyes to see, ears to hear and the wisdom to use both to ascertain the truth. Hi Joe. Thank you for replacing the sense of dread with a calming peace. So many rocks that sprang open are slowly closing downward again. Peace and Love.

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This show must make a lot of money for ABC,beyond that I really don’t get its appeal, I mean,its kind of sleazy, cheesy, pathetic and degrading regardless if your female competing for the affection on one guy or vise versa, yet this show gets buzz, and featured on GMA weekly, only other in house show that gets that kind of attention from them is Dancing with the stars, again the buzz and money that it makes must be the reason, otherwise why we make a big deal about a “sleazy dating show”. ?.and are we really surprise that its white… Read more »

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I don’t think Chris said anything wrong. Ever since George Floyd, everyone who says or does one wrong thing is being hung from the nearest tree, so to speak. Was the party bad? Yes. I haven’t seen the posts she liked, but they were probably bad. But the fact is, if Rachel was such a horrid racist, how can she have fallen in love with a black man? And Chris is between a rock and a hard place, but he handled things as well as he thought he could at the time. LEAVE HIM ALONE. And, frankly, CALM DOWN. Just… Read more »

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Exit Days of our Lives

Coming up on Days of our Lives, both Lani and Eli Grant will be written off the canvas to facilitate the departures of Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Archey who stepped into the role in 2017, has made the decision to leave the long-running NBC soap opera, and will last air the week of July 4.

As for Stowers, she will last air on Friday, July 1st, and given her current storyline, it looks like Lani, who has confessed to murdering TJ (William Christian), will either be sent to prison, or will exit Salem with Eli.

This would not be the first-time that Stowers has departed DAYS.  After her debut in 2015, she was off the Salem canvas for a six-month break in 2016, before returning to the show through 2022.

We will share more information on Lamon and Sal’s exits as it comes to light.

For now, how do you feel about Lamon and Sal leaving Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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