In the *most dramatic scandal yet*, Bachelor Nation’s very own Chris Harrison is taking a break from hosting ABC’s popular dating show, amidst a recent scandal.
So, where does this story begin?
Let’s rewind to the year 2018. Ahh, the good old days. In 2018, Rachael Kirkconnell was an undergraduate student at Georgia College and State University. She was pictured at an Antebellum plantation-themed fraternity party, hosted by Kappa Alpha, who has a track record of being pro-Confederacy, and allegedly recognizes General Robert E. Lee as a “spiritual leader.”
Now, allow us to fast forward to the present day. Rachael Kirkconnell is a contestant on this season of The Bachelor, and is one of four remaining women fighting to win the heart of Matt James.
Kirkconnell’s character has been questioned throughout her time on the show, and not just due to the aforementioned incident. Kirkconnell has also been pictured wearing traditional Native American headgear.
But wait…there’s more!
Former classmates of Kirkconnell have even taken to TikTok to open up about bullying experiences. According to one of her ex-peers, she was bullied by Kirkconnell in high school for liking black guys. Not a good look for the now 24-year old who is pursuing a future with James, the first-ever African American Bachelor in the show’s history.
Here’s where Chris Harrison comes in…
Last week, the show’s beloved host, Chris Harrison appeared on a segment of Extra, hosted by last season’s Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. In the segment, the two talked about Kirkconnell’s controversial past. Fans are accusing Harrison of defending the contestant’s past and denouncing cancel culture.
In the interview, Lindsay said, “The picture was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party. That’s not a good look.”
Harrison responded by asking Lindsay whether or not it was a “good look in 2018” or “not a good look in 2021?” Lindsay quickly shot his remarks down by concluding, “It’s not a good look ever.”
Harrison fired back by saying, “You’re 100% right in 2021. 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.”
Since the original statements, Harrison has taken to social media to apologize. In an Instagram post, he said, “While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were to simply 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. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of…”
In a subsequent post, he further apologized and condemned his actions. He announced that he had spoken with Warner Bros. and ABC, and ultimately decided to step aside from the series “for a period of time.” Harrison will not partake in the After the Final Rose special. In the meantime, he vowed to take the time to educate himself and become a better man.
It’s not clear if or when Harrison will ever return to the Bachelor Nation franchise, but our hope is that he turns this into a lesson learned.
Add These 3 Books To Your Summer Bookshelf Right Now!
You can try and tell us otherwise, but we simply don’t think there is anything better than lounging beach or poolside, with a bev- we mean, book in hand! All jokes aside, there’s some thing incredibly relaxing about being able to escape to another reality with each word. And if you’re lucky enough, your reading sesh will be followed by a nap, and amazing tan.
Not sure what books you should add to your summer reading list? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered and have compiled a short (but sweet!) must-read list for Summer 2021. Whether you read on a tablet or love the feeling of flipping crisp white pages, run (or scroll) to your nearest bookstore, because you don’t want to miss out on these!
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
In the mood for a love story? Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a romance when lounging at the beach! This novel by Colleen Hoover (a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author, may we add), should be at the top of your reading list this summer.
It Ends With Us tells the story of Lily, a young woman with roots in a small-town Maine, who relocates to city life in Boston. There, she meets Ryle, a neurosurgeon who has commitment issues but has a total soft spot for Lily. Quickly, she becomes the exception to his “no-dating rule,” and all is going well until Atlas, her first love suddenly comes back into the picture. This leaves Lily completely and utterly confused.
Who does she choose? Well, you’ll just have to read and find out!
The Good Sister: A Novel by Sally Hepworth
While we do love to fantacize and romanticize about our own lives while reading a good love story, we also can never seem to put down a good thriller! The Good Sister: A Novel has been a real hit from this genre, as of late, and for good reason!
The story tells the tale of family secrets the lengths that people will take to keep them hidden! Fern Castle is a librarian, who hates anything loud, bright, and any breaks in her routine can really throw her for a loop. She has a twin sister, Rose, who she shares dinner with several times a week. When Rose discovers that she cannot conceive a child, Fern sees the perfect opportunity to repay her sister for all that she’s done for her. All she needs to do is find a father. The process doesn’t come without hiccups, and of course, disruptions to Fern’s status quo. Along the way, she’ll discover family secrets and truly test the lengths at which family helps each other out.
Broken (In The Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a self-help/psychology book in this list! Really though, it’s 2021 folks, let’s start normalizing talking about mental health! This book by Jenny Lawson covers her struggles with mental health and depression, of course, while making us laugh with every page we turn! We’ll let Lawson tell you her story herself, but seriously guys, run! Don’t walk!
What are you planning on reading this summer?!
“FRIENDS” REBOOT TO PREMIERE THIS MAY ON HBO MAX! OMG!
Everyone, set your DVR’s, because this May, a new series will be premiering on HBO MAX. We think you’ll be hype to know that a “Friends” reboot has been in the works, and will finally be on the air this spring and summer!
We know what you’re thinking, and seriously, we can’t contain our excitement either! According to producers Steve Jansen and Melissa Banks, the series will be called, “Friends: The Final Chapter” and will feature members of the original cast, as well as some new faces.
It’s even been rumored that A-list celebrities like Sarah Hyland and Charlie Sheen will be making guest appearances. Fitting, because they are both NYC natives!
So what’s the show going to be about anyway?
We were wondering the same. In an exclusive interview, Banks said that the show is set to follow the modern-day lives of Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, and Ross after moving out of the big apple.
She said, “We think that bringing back the original cast for a reboot series will give fans of the show a sense of familiarity and comfort during such unprecedented times.”
To be honest, we couldn’t agree more!
To jog your memory, in the final episode of the show, which aired in 2004, the show tied up some loose ends in the storyline department. Ross and Rachel resumed their relationship, Monica and Chandler adopted a set of twins (Erica and Jack), and the crew hung out in Central Perk one last time before moving out of their apartments.
We are most excited to see what the iconic friends will be like in this reboot, and can’t wait to see the role that their fictional children play in the series. In case you forgot, in addition to Monica and Chandler’s adopted children, Ross and Rachel had a daughter named Emma in season 7.
If we did the math correctly, this would mean that the “Friends” kids are teens now, which should make for some pretty good comedy, especially if we get a glimpse of the family dynamics and parenting styles of the crew. Seriously though, think of Chandler and Ross as dads of teenage daughters…scary!
Regardless, we can’t wait to see what this series has in store.
According to Jansen, the first season will consist of ten 30 minute episodes. It’s not certain if a second season will be picked up, but we can only hope one will be.
Are you excited?!
Well, we hope that you didn’t get your hopes too high, because this is our way of saying…
Where Are They Now: The Office Cast
Be honest, how many times have you re-watched NBC’s The Office? For us, it’s way too many to count. Seriously, the antics of Michael Scott and employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company never cease to make us die of laughter, no matter how many times we’ve seen each episode. Though the show ended in 2013, we’ve been wondering what the cast have been doing since then. We have done some pretty extensive research, and have all the answers.
Let’s get into it!
Thinking back on it, if The Office was aired in 2021, Michael Scott would be cancelled. Steve Carrell literally killed his performance as the quirky branch manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. His Hollywood career really hasn’t slowed down too much since the show ended 8 years ago. He’s starred in many feature films. To name a few, Freeheld, The Big Short, and Despicable Me. He’s also been involved in some pretty dope charity work, including joining the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which pays bail for those who can’t afford it.
You are lying to yourself if you don’t have a crush on John Krasinski, the handsome actor who played the role of Jim Halpert. He’s a dream! Krasinski has also made quite the name for himself following his role as Jim. In 2015, he co-starred in Aloha, alongside some pretty epic A-listers like Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper. More recently, he wrote and starred in A Quiet Place, with his gorgeous and talented wife, Emily Blunt. The two also welcomed daughters Hazel (7) and Violet (4) into the world since the show’s finale.
We give major kudos to Jenna Fischer for being one of the most lovable and unproblematic women in Hollywood. She’s sweet as can be in real life, just like Pam! She’s kept things low-key since the show wrapped up, but has acted in a few plays, like Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. In 2014, she had her second child with her husband, Lee Kirk. However, our favorite endeavor thus far since the show’s close is her podcast with co-star Angela Kinsey, Office Ladies.
We think that anything that comes from Dwight Schrute’s mouth is absolutely hysterical. Rainn Wilson did a fantastic job in this role, it was truly made for him! Since the show ended, he’s had roles in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and has been cast and even directed some Star Trek films. He’s also a huge advocate for climate change, and has even visited Greenland!
Before there was “Karen,” there was Angela. Angela Kinsey is another celebrity that we think is so genuine, and down to earth. In 2015, Kinsey tied the knot with longtime beau, Josh Snyder who is a baker. So sweet! See what we did there? She starred in Netflix’s series, Haters Back Off, which a televsion show based off of YouTube personality, Miranda Sings. Check it out, it’s pretty funny! Of course, she co-hosts the Office Ladies podcast with Jenna Fischer. During each episode, the two choose an episode and talk about all of the “behind the scenes” secrets, sometimes accompanied by fellow Dunder Mifflin alums. We highly recommend this podcast, if you need a daily dose of feel-good nostalgia.
First and foremost, can we just appreciate that Time Magazine named Mindy Kaling one of the most influential people of all time in 2013? She’s simply that good. After The Office, Kaling’s career continued to thrive, as she created Fox’s sitcom, The Mindy Project, and even voice acted in Disney films Wreck-It Ralph and Inside-Out. She has since had two children, a son, and a daughter. The most precious part of all, is that co-star BJ Novak is the godfather to both.
We have mixed feelings about Ryan Howard, but we really do adore BJ Novak who truly killed the role. Since graduating fromThe Office, he’s had several acting gigs, including guest starring on BFF Mindy Kaling’s series, The Mindy Project. He even appeared on shows like Community and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Our favorite project, however, has to be his children’s book, The Book With No Pictures. To be honest, we think this guy is a total genius. He’s even hinted at running for mayor of Los Angeles!
Who’s your favorite character from The Office?