Last month, in a chat with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, Harrison defended current Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. Kirkconnell had posted pics of her at a plantation-themed party and "liked" a post on Instagram showing the Confederate flag. Harrison will not helm the After the Final Rose special, the Bachelor season finale, on March 15, reports Variety; Emmanuel Acho will host instead.
Harrison told Strahan:
I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that. 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 stated that he is working with a "race educator and strategist" and added:
I am not a victim here. I made a mistake and I own that. Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work and I am committed to that work.
After the interview aired, Strahan commented:
His apology is his apology, but it felt like I got nothing more than a surface response on any of this, and obviously, he’s a man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there’s any meaning behind his words.
Watch the GMA segment below.