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‘RHOM’ Alum Marysol Patton to Auction Late ‘Mama’ Elsa Patton’s Estate Worth 3.5 Million

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Beloved Real Housewives of Miami matriarch “Mama” Elsa Patton died in 2019, but now fans will get the chance to own some of her personal belongings. Her daughter, Marysol Patton, is set to auction $2.5-3.5 million dollars worth of her most prized possessions.

“My parents were big collectors of antiques, art and jewelry and had so many pieces across their three homes. My brother and I kept the pieces we really cherish, but so many other pieces were sitting unused. We decided to give the opportunity to others who share my parents’ passion for antiques and jewels,” RHOM alum Marysol, 54, said in a press release.

Among the items that will be up for auction are gems, collectibles, arts and antiques — including a 25-carat emerald ring estimated to go for anywhere between $100,000 – $125,000 and a Patek Philippe Nautilus watch estimated to go for about $200,000 – $300,000.

Other items that will be available are a coveted collection of nautical paintings by artists like Antonio de Simone and Antonio Jacobson. Mama Elsa, who was known for being spiritual and a psychic, also owned several beloved rosaries and gems that are a part of the collection that will go up for auction.

“I personally feel some of the most amazing jewels are the emeralds — my mother had a real love of them, and the collection was amazing. She was also very spiritual and loved her rosaries and jewels that gave her good energy, so those are also some of the most special pieces in the auction,” Marysol explained. “My father had a very substantial collection of coveted marine art as he was a yacht builder and he and my mother shared a love of sailing.”

Elsa starred on the Bravo series from 2011 to 2013 with a role in Marysol’s story line on seasons 1, 2 and 3. She became so beloved on the show that she starred in her own spinoff, Havana Elsa, in the form of a nine-episode web series that aired online while season 2 of RHOM was airing on TV. The show followed Elsa as she prepared to launch her own coffee line. The Cuba native died over Mother’s Day weekend in May 2019 at 84 years old.

The auction items are available for viewing now at Kodner.com. The auction will take place live on June 23 at Kodner Galleries in Dania Beach, Florida.

Keep scrolling below for a preview of items from “Mama” Elsa Patton’s estate auction.

Meet Season 17 Bachelorette Katie Thurston’s Parents and Siblings

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Season 17 Bachelorette Katie Thurston has been winning fans over since her appearance on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor in early 2021. However, because the Washington native was eliminated in episode 6, viewers didn’t get to learn a whole lot about her, including her family life. To get more details on the leading lady’s parents and siblings, keep reading! 

Who are Katie Thurston’s parents?

To date, very little is known about Katie’s mother. However, she did reveal her father died during an episode of The Bachelor. When contestant Sarah Trott was debating going home to spend more time with her dad, who was diagnosed with ALS, Katie spoke up about her own experience with the nervous system disease.

“My dad passed away in 2012, so I 100 percent encourage you to be with him,” Katie told Sarah. “If I could get back the minutes I had with him … I understand more than I would like to. Knowing that, yeah, that changes everything. I missed out on my goodbye to my dad, so I would never want that for you.”

Does Katie Thurston have siblings?

As it stands, Katie has never posted any images with a brother or sister on social media. Moreover, she never revealed if she had siblings during Matt’s season.

Will viewers meet Katie Thurston’s family on The Bachelorette?

Over the years, many Bachelorettes and Bachelors have had family members appear on the show. Take Matt James, for example. During the March 8 episode, Matt’s estranged father, Manny James, arrived at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to make amends with his son.

Considering Katie is looking for her husband, it’s more than likely that at least one of her loved ones will arrive to help her decide. Either way, you can expect a season like no other! “As I reminisce about my journey to find love, I can’t help but get in my feels. You all are about to meet an incredible group of men with fascinating stories to tell,” Katie wrote via Instagram on May 26.

“The vulnerability and strength these men show throughout our time together is something I’ll cherish forever. They each hold a special place in my heart. That all being said, I am protective of them,” she continued. “I remember being on their side of this journey. Being in the public eye for the first time. Reading what people thought. Please remember to stay kind in this. You’ll only get to see a glimpse of how extraordinary they really are. I can’t wait for you to meet them!”

Be sure to catch new episodes of The Bachelorette on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, and for major season spoilers click here

The Weeknd, Taylor Swift and More Artists Who Completely Transformed Themselves for Music Videos

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Some of your favorite musical artists have transformed themselves for music videos to the point their fans don’t even recognize them!

Take The Weeknd‘s single “Save Your Tears,” as a prime example. The Grammy Award winner, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, shocked viewers everywhere when the January 2021 video first dropped.

In the clip, which is a little over four minutes long, The Weeknd’s features were completely exaggerated with fuller cheeks, a thinned nose, surgery scars and plump lips — think Jim Carrey in The Mask. Of course, the Toronto, Canada, native didn’t actually get plastic surgery in the name of his art. In fact, The Weeknd’s over-the-top look was the result of CGI and prosthetics.

To date, The Weeknd has never fully explained the meaning behind his “Save Your Tears” transformation. However, many fans and outlets believe it is the final installation to a story he began telling through his music with 2019’s “Heartless” video.

Obviously, not every artist is as mysterious with their metaphors, and Taylor Swift‘s video for “The Man” fits the bill. “I’m so sick of running as fast I can/ Wondering if I’d get there quicker/ If I was a man/ And I’m so sick of them coming at me again/ ‘Cause if I was a man/ Then I’d be the man/ I’d be the man/ I’d be the man,” are the lyrics to the chorus of the 2019 single off Taylor’s Lover album.

With that, the songwriter turned herself into a — you guessed it — man for the music video. The transformation was so believable that Swifties didn’t immediately realize the video’s main character, Tyler, was actually Taylor herself. As entertaining as “The Man” is to watch, the track has a much more significant meaning.

“It was a song that I wrote from my personal experience, but also from a general experience that I’ve heard from women in all parts of our industry. And I think that, the more we can talk about it in a song like that, the better off we’ll be in a place to call it out when it’s happening,” Taylor explained during a December 2019 interview with Billboard.

“So many of these things are ingrained in even women, these perceptions, and it’s really about retraining your own brain to be less critical of women when we are not criticizing men for the same things,” she added. “So many things that men do, you know, can be phoned-in that cannot be phoned-in for us. We have to really — God, we have to curate and cater everything, but we have to make it look like an accident. Because if we make a mistake, that’s our fault, but if we strategize so that we won’t make a mistake, we’re calculating.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of artists who completely transformed themselves for music videos. 

Bachelorette Katie Thurston’s Contestants Who Have Ties to Bachelor Nation — Friends, Cousins and More

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If some of the contestants from Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette look familiar, it’s because they are friends, cousins and acquaintances of other Bachelor Nation members. 

It’s not rare for people to get cast on the reality dating show thanks to connections they have to the franchise. Hannah Ann Sluss from Peter Weber’s season is close friends with Hannah Godwin, who competed one season prior for Colton Underwood’s heart. Raven Gates spent season 21 vying for Nick Viall’s final rose, only to open the door for BFF Tia Booth to compete on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season. 

Of course, the most famous friend to get a chance in the spotlight is Bachelor Matt James. His New York City roommate, Tyler Cameron, was the runner-up on season 15 of The Bachelorette starring Hannah Brown

Matt was originally announced as a contestant on Clare Crawley’s season in March 2020. However, when the season was delayed four months amid the coronavirus pandemic, they bumped the real estate analyst to the leading man of his own season, making him the first Black Bachelor in franchise history.

“We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience,” a statement from ABC read on Good Morning America in June 2020. “This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor, and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”

A new season means many new faces, and Katie, who was eliminated during week 5 of Matt’s season, has many eligible bachelors to choose from. According to her ABC bio, the reality TV babe is “the most loving and committed partner anyone could ask for.” Katie added that she “needs a man who can laugh along with her” but also wants a partner who can appreciate her skills as a “witty storyteller.”

Ultimately, the bank marketing manager is “looking for a mature man who has ambitions to succeed in everything he does, both personally and professionally,” her bio reads.

Keep scrolling to see Katie’s contestants who have ties to Bachelor Nation!

Kourtney Kardashian Calls Out Kim and Khloe for ‘Enabling’ Scott Disick Following Their Split

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Putting her foot down. Kourtney Kardashian confronts her sisters Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian about their relationship with her ex Scott Disick during an upcoming episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

“I just feel like I’m really over it with my family enabling Scott because they don’t know all of the details. When Scott and I broke up, I set certain boundaries with him,” Kourtney, 41, detailed in a private confessional, before the scene flashes back to a previous conversation she had with Khloé, 36.

Kourtney Kardashian Calls Out Kim and Khloe for 'Enabling' Scott Disick Following Their Split
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“I told him I’m not just sitting around. I’m living my life and you’re working on you, and, like, you’ve never been better … but you’re so inconsistent that I need to see if, like, you can be consistent,” the Poosh.com founder, who dated Scott, 38, on-and-off from 2006 to 2015, told the Revenge Body host at the time.

“Scott’s made so many major life improvements and he’s such a great dad and you know … I’m really proud of him but the biggest thing is just having consistency,” Kourtney added in her confessional, referring to the pair’s three children, Mason, 11, Penelope, 8, and Reign, 6. “So, I just think him playing the role of the ‘victim,’ I just can’t have it keep going on and on.”

After Kourtney’s interview, she sat down with Kim, 40, and Khloé to discuss the situation further. The KKW Beauty founder inquired if Kourtney ever flat out told Scott that a reconciliation is “never gonna happen.”

“But I don’t know that it’s never gonna happen,” Kourtney replied. “She’s saying, ‘It’s never going to happen for right now until you can show me for one year [you can get your s–t together],’” Khloé chimed in.

“You guys usually agree with him and you’re like, “Yes, Kourtney, what is she doing? Why isn’t she taking it seriously? You’ve changed so much,’” Kourtney argued. “Stop agreeing with him … because that’s not true.”

Finally, Khloé and Kim conceded and offered an apology. “I’m sorry you feel like that, especially from your sisters. Definitely that’s not our intent at all and we will both do better. You’re right, 100 percent, you are,” Khloé admitted.

“I want him to feel supported and be able to go to you guys,” Kourtney assured. “The best for him is to put it back on him and learn to be accountable.”

Kourtney has since moved on with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, while Scott is dating 19-year-old model Amelia Gray Hamlin.

Bachelorette Katie Thurston’s Final 4 Contestants Are Surprising — Season 17 Spoilers

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Finding Mr. Right! Bachelorette star Katie Thurston’s final four contestants may surprise you. Keep reading for season 17 spoilers, including her top guys, if she gets engaged and more. 

The Washington native’s final four guys are Justin Glaze, Greg Grippo, Blake Moynes and Andrew Spencer, according to Reality Steve.

Who Are Bachelorette Katie Thurston's Final 4 on Season 17?
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Probably most surprising is Blake, 30, who not only appeared last year during Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ season but is also not named on Katie’s contestant roster. Traditionally, contestants who resurface during a separate season enter a few weeks in to stir up major drama, but it’s still unclear when the Canadian reality star enters the cast. 

That being said, Blake and Katie, 30, do sound like they would make a great match, based on the contestant’s ABC bio from last season. “His dream woman is outdoorsy, beautiful and fun,” the wildlife manager’s bio previously read. “She has to have a goofy side and be OK with his self-described ‘potty mouth’ He says he has no problems talking about his emotions and wants a partner who will appreciate that he wears his heart on his sleeve.”

Less surprising in Katie’s final four is Greg, 27, because he reportedly receives the bank marketing manager’s first impression rose after stepping out of the limo. As for Andrew, 26, he actually has a connection to Bachelor Nation thanks to his cousin Clay Harbor, who appeared on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette and season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise. 

As for Justin, 26, he also sounds like a major catch. The contestant is “tall, handsome and has a great career in investment sales,” his ABC bio reads. “And for the cherry on top, he is also an extremely talented painter!’

It’s still unclear if and who Katie gets engaged to, but she clearly has a lot of great choices. The reality star has made it clear she’s looking for her partner in life.

“I’m ready to find love, and not just, like, the temporary kind. I’m talking forever, my husband, and I’m in a place in my life where I feel like I’m the best version of me,” Katie said while speaking with host Emmanuel Acho, who filled in amid Chris Harrison’s hiatus, during After the Final Rose in March. “Honestly, I’ve seen it work before, why can’t it work for me?”

However, that doesn’t mean her journey to find love was completely smooth sailing. An insider told Life & Style in early June that season 17 is “drama-filled.”

“It’s definitely an emotional roller coaster for Katie. She doesn’t hold back and will tell it like it is. At one point, she threatened to quit the show. It really got to her and she couldn’t take it anymore,” the source explained. “She just walked away from cameras. She kept changing how she felt and her thoughts were all over the place. You will see later on this season how difficult it was for her.”

Good luck, Katie!

Everything You Need to Know About Season 17 Bachelorette Katie Thurston — Job, Franchise History and More

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Making her mark! Katie Thurston was officially announced as the season 17 Bachelorette following her brief stint on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor. The 30-year-old fan favorite will be the leading lady when the new season premieres on June 7, 2021, while fellow contestant Michelle Young will get her own season in fall 2021. Katie will have 30 hunks to choose from on the show’s first episode, cutting the number down to 23 men receiving roses by the end of the evening’s premiere. She will also get some valuable time with her mentors — former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams — during her first evening as to what to expect in her new role.

To learn more about Katie, including her job, hometown and history with the franchise, keep reading! 

Katie Thurston worked at a bank:

Before leaving her native Washington to compete on season 25 of The Bachelor, Katie worked as a bank marketing manager. From the sound of it, she was pretty serious about her job, too. Katie’s Bachelor bio said she’s “looking for a mature man who has ambitions to succeed in everything he does, both personally and professionally.” Here’s hoping her upcoming contestants fit the bill!

Katie Thurston went viral on TikTok:

In May 2020, Katie briefly became a star on the video-sharing app after uploading a “story time” in which she recalled a pretty embarrassing moment from two years ago. “Hang with me if you want to hear about how I s–t myself at work,” Katie told followers before explaining what happened after drinking an iced coffee while on the Keto Diet.

Everything You Need to Know About Season 17 Bachelorette Katie Thurston — Job, Franchise History and More
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Katie Thurston lost her father in 2012:

During a candid conversation with fellow contestant Sarah Trott — who revealed that her dad suffers from ALS — during the January 18 episode of The Bachelor, Katie revealed that her father died nine years ago.

The women shared a heartfelt moment in which Katie encouraged Sarah to do what was best for her, even if it meant leaving the show. “I understand that more than I would like to,” she said when Sarah expressed regret about leaving her family. “I missed out on my goodbye to my dad. I would never want that for you.”

Katie has not offered any further details about her father’s death.

Katie Thurston is ‘serious’ about finding love:

In her official Bachelor biography, Katie said she’s “the most loving and committed partner anyone could ask for.” The brunette beauty, who was eliminated from The Bachelor in Week 6, “needs a man who can laugh along with her” but also wants someone who can laugh at her, because she’s a “witty storyteller,” and after her debut to Bachelor Nation on night one, fans know she has a sense of humor. Her official ABC Bachelorette profile describes the brunette beauty as, “Unapologetically herself, Katie is adventurous, daring and ready for a man with whom she can build a life.”

Katie Thurston is anti-bullying:

As Bachelor fans know, there was a lot of in-house drama during Matt’s season. So much so, Katie stepped in to put a stop to it. “I want to remind everyone to stay classy in this process because we don’t know our stories,” she said during Week 3.

“If you’re being a bitch, I’m going to tell you you’re being a bitch,” she said during a January episode of season 25. In addition, she encouraged Matt to confront the bullying in the house after Anna Redman spread a rumor about Brittany Galvin being an “escort.”

We look forward to watching Katie find The One on The Bachelorette!

From Their Cast Photos to Now, Bachelor Nation Is Home to Some Stunning Glow-Ups!

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Becoming a reality TV star can change a person, and for the members of Bachelor Nation, that usually means a serious glow-up from the days of their cast photo introductions. Though they may have thought they were prepped to step in front of the cameras, it’s usually their transformations post-show that are even more dramatic.

Stepping up their beauty game starts before they even step into the Bachelor mansion. “I remember going to Sephora with my girlfriend. I was just like, ‘I need to stock up on everything,’” JoJo Fletcher previously told Allure about preparing to go on Ben Higgins’ season. “From things that I knew that I liked to things that I had never tried before — because A, you don’t know how long you’re going to be there for, and B, you don’t have an opportunity to go to a mall when you’re there.”

Contestant Olivia Caridi also sought outside help. “I’ve never been that great at doing makeup, so I had a professional makeup artist come to my house to teach me how to do everything and make me a list of everything I needed to buy,” the season 20 star told Allure. “She taught me how to contour. I didn’t even know what that was.”

After all, we know what it takes to look like a Bachelor Nation contestant, and it includes no shortage of eyelash extensions, contouring, lasering and even plastic surgery. Many Bachelor in Paradise contestants show up fresh off The Bachelor with a brand new boob job, ready to rock their bathing suits on the beach. Danielle Maltby, Raven Gates and Amanda Stanton are just a few contestants who’ve confirmed they’ve gotten breast augmentations. Cassie Randolph dished details about little tweaks she’s gotten since being in the reality franchise.

“Yes, I have gotten lip filler before, but I try to keep it as natural as possible … I have gotten a little Botox in my forehead,” the California babe said during an Instagram Q&A in summer 2020. “I’ve had people ask me if I’ve gotten jaw reshaping, cheek implants, chin something, nose, eyebrow lift — I don’t know. The answer is no. I have not gotten any of those things.”

Female contestants aren’t the only ones to make some changes. The men from The Bachelorette undergo some pretty serious glow-ups themselves. You know what they say: Facial hair is the contouring of the men’s beauty world. A new beard can totally change a face — and a new haircut can do wonders, too. Of course, the guys also seem to hit the gym the hardest and love showing off their hard work.

Want to know who’s had the most amazing glow-ups of the franchise?

Check out the gallery below to see how some of your favorite Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants have changed since their first cast photo. Get ready for the most dramatic before-and-after pictures yet!

Who Went Home on ‘The Bachelorette’? Katie Thurston Eliminates 7 Contestants

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Making tough choices! Who went home on The Bachelorette this week? Leading lady Katie Thurston eliminated seven contestants during week one, and some of the guys she sent packing were seriously surprising. 

Season 17 premiered on Monday, June 7, and the Washington native, 30, proved she was taking her journey to find love very seriously. An insider told Life & Style in early June the bank marketing manager “threatened to quit” amid a “drama-filled” season. 

“It’s definitely an emotional roller coaster for Katie. She doesn’t hold back and will tell it like it is. At one point, she threatened to quit the show. It really got to her and she couldn’t take it anymore,” the source explained. “She just walked away from cameras. She kept changing how she felt and her thoughts were all over the place. You will see later on this season how difficult it was for her.”

The insider added, “Like every season there’s a villain, guys who are on the show for the wrong reasons, guys who have a secret or some kind of scandal and surprises.”

Of course, she had some fun along the way with cohosts and former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams. 

Kaitlyn acknowledged it “was really nice to be there as a mentor and support system” for the leading lady during an appearance on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast with Becca Kufrin and Catherine Giudici. 

“One thing [Tayshia and I] kept saying is, ‘My gosh, it would have been so nice to have this when we were the Bachelorette, to have women who have been in our shoes before come in and be there,’” the “Off the Vine” podcast host, 35, said. “If it’s just a shoulder to cry on, if it’s you need advice, if you’re feeling alone in it or if you’re feeling like you can’t do it, which we all feel at a certain point.”

As for Tayshia, 30, she confessed during an interview with Entertainment Tonight in May that she was “shocked” to land the major hosting gig amid Chris Harrison’s hiatus but had a blast with the Dew Edit designer. 

“Kaitlyn and I just created this really fun dynamic duo that has never been done before with The Bachelorette,” the season 16 leading lady gushed. “I feel like it really provided strength behind Katie, and confidence as well, because when you’re in that situation, sometimes you don’t know what to do. We were able to provide a little clarity and comfort for her.”

Keep scrolling to see who Katie eliminated this week on The Bachelorette!

What Did Chris Harrison Say? Here Are His Controversial Comments About Rachael Kirkconnell’s Racism Scandal

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Longtime Bachelor host Chris Harrison is exiting the franchise after 20 years, Life & Style confirmed on June 8. The emcee’s departure comes four months after his controversial comments about Rachael Kirkconnell‘s racism scandal — but what did he say? Here’s everything we know about his problematic statements concerning Matt James‘ contestant.

It all started when Harrison, 49, was interviewed by Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay on Extra on February 9, after Kirkconnell, 24, was accused of racism and bullying.

“First and foremost, I don’t know. I haven’t talked to Rachael about it. And this is, again, where we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion,” Harrison said during the interview. “Because I’ve seen some stuff online — again this judge-jury-executioner thing — where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents and her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this. I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. And until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”

The season 13 lead, 36, went on to ask him about photos of Kirkconnell at an Antebellum-themed fraternity party at a plantation. Lindsay asserted that the photos, which were taken in 2018, were “not a good look” for Kirkconnell amid claims the contestant had liked racist Facebook posts and mistreated a high school classmate for “liking Black guys.”

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“You’re 100 percent right in 2021,” Harrison responded to Lindsay. “That was not the case in 2018. And again, I’m not defending Rachael. I just know that, I don’t know, 50 million people did that in 2018. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. And again, I’m not defending it; I didn’t go to it.”

The following day, the Texas native took to Instagram to apologize for his comments during the interview. “To my Bachelor Nation family — I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” he wrote via Instagram. “I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday, I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed. While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf.”

“What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that, I am so deeply sorry,” he continued. “I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable.”

On February 13, Harrison revealed he would be temporarily stepping back from his hosting role with the franchise in an effort to get “educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”

“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, my colleagues and strangers alike,” the ABC personality wrote in an Instagram statement. “I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. I set standards for myself and I have not met 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.”

He added, “This 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 Brothers and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”

The longtime host confirmed he plans to return to the franchise when he appeared for a follow-up interview with Good Morning America, which aired on March 4. “I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise. And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years, and I love it,” Harrison said.

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Kirkconnell released her own apology on February 11. “While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address. I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong,” the Cumming, Georgia, native wrote via Instagram. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or OK in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

“I am sorry to the communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended,” her statement continued. “I am ashamed about my lack of education, but it is no one’s responsibility to educate me. I am learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist, because it’s important to speak up in the moment and not after you’re called out. If you are a person who doesn’t understand the offense in question, I urge you to learn from my mistakes and encourage you to use them as a teachable moment.”

Nearly two weeks later, James spoke out about the controversies surrounding Kirkconnell and Harrison. “The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life,” the 29-year-old wrote in a statement on February 22.

“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real-time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking, to put it bluntly,” he continued via Instagram. “Chris’ failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand immediately, was troubling and painful to watch. As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years.”

He added, “It has also pushed me to reevaluate and process what my experience on The Bachelor represents, not just for me, but for all of the contestants of color, especially the Black contestants of this season and seasons past, and for you, the viewers at home. I will continue to process this experience, and you will hear more from me in the end.”

On March 12, ABC revealed that Harrison would not be hosting season 17 of The Bachelorette.

“We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season,” the network revealed via an Instagram statement. “As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equality and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks. These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”

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