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'Bachelorette' Tayshia Adams Addresses Chris Harrison's Apology

Bachelorette Tayshia Adams Addresses Chris Harrison's Apology
February 19, 2021 - 03:37 / Hayley Paskevich

On Thursday, Tayshia Adams shared her thoughts on Chris Harrison's decision to step back from The Bachelor during a new podcast interview! Adams explained why she believes the host means what he said, and talked about the significance of being a woman of colour on the show. Find out more here! 

Tayshia Adams is adding her voice to the conversation about Chris Harrison's decision to step back from the Bachelor franchise! On Thursday, Adams appeared on the new episode of the Click Bait with Bachelor Nation podcast, where she opened up about what she thinks of the reality show host's recent apology.

Adams explains why she believes Harrison's apology

Adams' comments came after Harrison announced he's taking a leave from the show. As People mentions, the decision came about because of a widely-criticized interview, where the Bachelor host defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past racism. She talked about why she believes his statement was sincere, pointing out some specific instances that struck her as meaningful.

"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," the newest "Bachelorette" said. In particular, Adams mentioned how Harrison addressed "excusing historical racism," which she called "the absolute truth," and commended him for taking accountability for his actions.

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Adams "absolutely" thinks Harrison made the right call

Adams went on to point out another thing Harrison brought up in his statement that felt significant to her. "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," she added.

The Bachelorette's latest star mentioned how being consciously aware of racism is "a thing that's taking place every single day that we should actively try to partake in and better." She said that she "absolutely" agrees with Harrison's decision to depart the show, echoing former Bachelor contestant Rachel Lindsay's thoughts on the matter!

Adams also talked about the significance of being the second "Bachelorette" who's a woman of colour, which she said "means a lot" to her! "If I can be that one person that someone can identify with the show that they've never really been able to identify with before," she shared, "that means a lot to me, so we're making waves and slowly but surely."