Transcript for ‘The Bachelor’’s Rachel Kirkconnell apologizes for racist post
We move to our "Gma" cover overnight bachelor contestant Rachael spoke for the first time on camera since those racist posts resurfaced last month and T.J. Holmes has more on the controversy. The irony cannot be lost that the bachelor franchise gets its first ever black bachelor and one of the final three women has been apologizing for the past several weeks for her past racist behavior. She apologized again overnight. This time for the first time on camera in a 7 1/2-minute video she posted to her Instagram and in it she says stop defending me. Thank you. Reporter: Bachelor finalist Rachael Kirkconnell speaking out for the first time overnight on camera. First big step in all of this is white people stepping up and taking accountability. There are things out there that completely validate your opinions and your anger towards me. Reporter: Posting to her 440,000 plus Instagram followers to apologize and address those racist posts that resurfaced last month. I just hope I can earn your forgiveness and your grace through my future actions and I'm just -- I'm done waiting around for the time to speak and I'm done hiding from all of this. Reporter: Kirkconnell made it to the final three vying for Matt James' heart this past Monday night coming after weeks of scrutiny after posts of her liking posts with the confederate flag and posing at an antebellum-themed party in 2018. Now Kirkconnell who has since called her past behavior ignorant and racist is rejecting support from anyone defending her, instead sharing resources to help others understand her mistakes. If you are in my comments or defending me anywhere telling people that I did nothing wrong, that there's nothing to be hurt about, there's nothing to be angry about or offended about, please stop, you know, if you really want to support me then encourage me to do better and encourage those around you to do better and to accept change. Reporter: Guys, she did go on and did acknowledge her privilege and her platform, two things she says she probably doesn't deserve but if she can use it to spark these conversation, a lot of people didn't understand why an antebellum party might be offensive. If people get educated maybe it's a good thing and Chris Harrison defended her as well and stepped aside from the show for awhile.
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