Matt James, present star of “The Bachelor,” has spoken out amid the present’s ongoing scandal. The program attracted adverse consideration after pictures resurfaced of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell beforehand attending an “Old South” themed social gathering at a plantation in 2018.Then longtime host Chris Harrison carried out an interview with former “Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay, who made historical past as the primary Black Bachelorette, by which he ended up defending Kirkonnell within the interview.It prompted backlash and the blowback led to a public apology from the 49-year-old star, adopted by a call to step apart for a time of non-public reflection. ‘THE BACHELOR’ MATT JAMES TALKS PRESSURE OF BEING THE SHOW’S FIRST BLACK LEADNow, James has taken to Instagram to handle the matter.
‘The Bachelor’ star James spoke out in regards to the ‘heartbreaking’ scandal surrounding the present. (ABC/Billy Kidd)
In his prolonged assertion, James — who’s the Bachelor’s first Black lead — mentioned that “the previous few weeks have been a number of the most difficult of my life,” and that he felt the necessity to tackle the matter now, regardless of his season nonetheless having a number of episodes but to air.He known as the pictures of Kirkconnell “extremely disappointing.”FORMER ‘BACHELOR’ FRANCHISE STARS REACT TO MATT JAMES’ CASTING: ‘I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT'”The actuality is that I’m studying about these conditions in actual time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to place it bluntly,” James, 29, mentioned. “Chris’ failure to obtain and perceive the emotional labor that my pal Rachel Lindsay was taking over by graciously and patiently explaining that the racist historical past of the Antebellum South, a painful historical past that each American ought to perceive intimately, was troubling and painful to observe.”Filming for the season has already wrapped, which means that James has presumably chosen a winner and is now not seeing Harrison day by day.
‘Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison (proper) carried out an interview with former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay (left) that obtained quite a lot of backlash over his feedback relating to a contestant who attended an ‘Old South’ antebellum-themed social gathering at a plantation in 2018. 
(ABC)”As Black folks and allies instantly knew and understood, it was a transparent reflection of a a lot bigger difficulty that The Bachelor franchise has fallen brief on addressing adequately for years,” he added. “This second has sparked essential conversations and reporting, raised necessary questions, and resulted in inspiring shows of solidarity from The Bachelor nation.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPJames defined that he is chosen to “reevaluate and course of” his time on the present and that of different folks of shade — particularly Black contestants.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER”I’ll proceed to course of this expertise, and you’ll hear extra from me ultimately,” he concluded. “My best prayer is that that is an inflection level that ends in actual and institutional change for the higher.”Kirkconnell has additionally apologized for her previous actions which she known as “racist and offensive.”Reps for the present and Harrison didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report