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


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.”

Bachelor Nation Supports Rachel Lindsay After Chris Interview
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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.

Bachelor Host Chris Harrison Speaks Out Amid Controversy GMA
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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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Secret Girlfriends, Splits and Sex! The Craziest ‘Bachelorette’ Moments of All Time


A lot of drama has happened across 17 seasons of The Bachelorette. From secret girlfriends to sex revelations, the leading ladies of seasons’ past — like Hannah BrownEmily Maynard and Andi Dorfman —  have always kept us on the edge of our seats.

Fans were shocked after Life & Style exclusively broke the news in July 2020 that Clare Crawley threatened to quit season 16 because she had “fallen in love” with contestant Dale Moss just 12 days into filming.

The leading lady left the crew “blindsided” when “she told producers she no longer wanted to participate in the show,” an insider said at the time. Clare and Dale got engaged midseason but split shortly after. However, the reality couple has since rekindled their relationship.

The  between the pair left producers “scrambling to figure out what to do.” Luckily,  alum  stepped in as the new Bachelorette, and it turned out to be a great rest of the season. The California native even found love with contestant Zac Clark, and they are now engaged.

Season 17 of The Bachelorette has a much different feel since Katie Thurston is getting guidance from former leading ladies and cohosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe amid Chris Harrison exiting the franchise.

Kaitlyn gushed over being able to be a “support system” for Katie during her journey to find Mr. Right. “One thing we 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.’ 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,” the “Off the Vine” podcast host told People in June 2021.

That doesn’t mean it was smooth sailing for Katie. An insider told Life & Style the “drama-filled” season took a toll on the Washington native. “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 before her season premiere in June. “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.” Time will tell if Katie’s season drama joins the ranks of craziest moments in franchise history.

All is fair in love and Bachelor Nation, right? Keep scrolling to see the wildest Bachelorette moments of all time!

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In the Champions League, Fine Margins and English Winners


That is possible, of course. Make no mistake: Chelsea and Manchester City most definitely are better teams than Real Madrid and Paris St.-Germain. They are more complete, more coherent, smarter, fitter, better drilled. But at this level, among the handful of the greatest teams in world soccer, there is no such thing as a vast difference. There are only fine margins.

That is what Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach, meant on Tuesday night when he said that there can be “something in the stars” in the Champions League. Strange things happen. The best team does not win. The dice roll. Games and destinies hinge on the merest details: a stroke of luck, a narrow offside, a player slipping as he takes a penalty.

It is Guardiola’s job, of course, to do all he can to make sure his team is not susceptible to the vicissitudes of fate, to ensure that the players at his disposal are talented enough, that his tactical scheme is effective enough, that his squad is fit enough to minimize the power of what is, in effect, random chance. But most managers accept there is a limit to what they can do: Rafael Benítez, who won the Champions League with Liverpool, saw his job as getting his team to the semifinals. After that, he knew, to some extent he had to trust to luck.

What is clear, though, is that increasingly those fine margins are falling in favor of English teams. Before the year 2000, there had never been a European Cup or Champions League final contested between teams from the same country. Since then, there have been eight: three all-Spanish finals (2000, 2014, 2016), one each for Italy (2003) and Germany (2013); and three for England (2008, 2019 and, now, 2021).

That concentration, of course, reflects not only the preponderance of teams from western Europe’s major leagues in the competition — those four countries now supply half of the teams that comprise the tournament’s group stage — but serves to demonstrate the shifting power balance between them, evidence of which league possesses the mix of tactical nous, technical virtuosity and sheer physicality to take center stage.

When Italian teams led the world in tactics, they tended to dominate the Champions League. Spain’s golden generation, combined with first the brilliance of Lionel Messi and then Real Madrid’s second-generation Galacticos, were so technically gifted that no master plan could stifle them, until Germany’s homespun counter-pressing approach punched a way through. The Premier League’s best years have come when its traditional athleticism is married to cutting-edge tactics and technique, imported from continental Europe.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders odds, predictions, betting trends for 2021 fight


Unified 168-pound champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will look to get one step closer to becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion in the four-belt era when he challenges WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders on May 8 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

Canelo has been actively pursuing all of the titles at 168 pounds. He started off by picking up the vacant WBC title and WBA (Super) championship when he defeated Callum Smith in December and is aiming to add the WBO title from Saunders before completing the task in a potential undisputed championship showdown with IBF titleholder Caleb Plant later this year. But he’s going to have to defeat an opponent who has yet to lose a fight in the slick boxing Brit.

MORE: Watch Canelo vs. Saunders live on DAZN on May 8

Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) won the vacant title when he defeated Shefat Isufi in May 2019 and successfully defended it twice, against Marcelo Esteban Coceres and Martin Murray. Canelo will be his toughest test to date. 

As for Canelo (55-1-2, 37 KOs), the pound-for-pound king of boxing is coming off a dominant third-round stoppage of mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. It will be his third fight In five months.

Here’s a look at the odds for the Canelo-Saunders fight, and our prediction for the fight.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders odds

  • Canelo Alvarez: -800
  • Billy Joe Saunders: +510
  • Draw: +2300

Although Saunders is undefeated and the WBO champion, he enters the fight as a heavy betting underdog at +510. A $100 bet on Saunders would return a profit of $510 should he come out victorious. With Alvarez currently recognized by most as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, he’ll be a considerable favorite heading into the fight at -800. It would take a bet of $800 to see a $100 profit should the unified champion defeat Saunders. 

In the unlikely event of a draw, a $100 wager would earn a massive $2300 profit.  

Canelo vs. Saunders prop bets

  • Canelo Alvarez by (T)KO: +105
  • Canelo Alvarez by decision: +135
  • Billy Joe Saunders by (T)KO: +3300
  • Billy Joe Saunders by decision: +550
  • Canelo Alvarez wins in rounds 1-3: +1500
  • Canelo Alvarez wins in rounds 4-6: +650
  • Canelo Alvarez wins in rounds 7-9: +450
  • Canelo Alvarez wins in rounds 10-12: +600
  • Billy Joe Saunders wins in rounds 1-3: +5000
  • Billy Joe Saunders wins in rounds 4-6: + 5000
  • Billy Joe Saunders wins in rounds 7-9: +5000
  • Billy Joe Saunders wins in rounds 10-12: +5000

Canelo vs. Sauders prediction

When this fight was first announced, it seemed likely that it would head to a decision with Alvarez coming out on top — Saunders is an excellent boxer who has never touched the canvas and Alvarez is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. However, Saunders has done a lot to attempt to get under Alvarez’s skin during fight week by threatening to pull out of the fight over the size of the ring and talking trash during their first face-off. Saunders may think he’s playing mind games with Alvarez, but he’s facing an opponent who negotiated the release of his kidnapped brother the week of his fight with Rocky Fielding. 

It’s pretty safe to say that it will take a lot to rattle the poker-faced Canelo.

Instead, what Saunders might be doing is unwittingly shaking an unlocked cage with a raging monster inside. Alvarez is rarely incensed to finish an opponent, but it appears that he may be inspired to get the job done against Saunders. 

Taking away the emotional aspect, Canelo is simply a better fighter with a higher degree of opposition. Saunders is no slouch, but his offensive output leaves a lot to be desired. He works well off his jab but he simply doesn’t throw it enough. Saunders struggled with the unheralded Marcelo Esteban Coceres before getting the finish in the 11th round back in December 2020 and is often known to fight to the level of his competition. That should mean that he’ll be at his best against Alvarez, but that’s exactly what Alvarez wants. He’ll likely look for Saunders to advance and pick him off with counters early before applying pressure in the middle rounds with bodywork in an effort to slow down his British opponent. 

It seems absurd that the betting line for a draw has better odds than Saunders winning by knockout, but the reality is that Saunders hasn’t knocked out a quality opponent in years. Not to mention that Alvarez has never been dropped and survived 24 rounds with Gennadiy Golovkin without ever appearing to be hurt. 

If you also take into consideration that Saunders often runs out of gas in the later rounds as he did against Chris Eubank Jr. and Andy Lee, it can be expected that Alvarez will aim to wear his opponent down with pressure and seek a late-round stoppage. 

The Alvarez by (T)KO in rounds 7-9 at +450 may seem tantalizing, but it’s a risky bet. With Alvarez a huge favorite to win, the best line is the prop bet of Alvarez by (T)KO at +105. Alvarez is going to be looking for the knockout all night so there is truly no telling when it will come. It’s all dependant on Saunders’ ability to absorb punishment and the end could come at any time 

Sporting News pick: Canelo by (T)KO (+105)