The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison claimed plus-sized figures are ‘not attractive’ in resurfaced interview amid race scandal

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CHRIS Harrison once claimed that being “chubby on TV” was “not attractive,” as he steps aside from hosting The Bachelor over racism accusations.

The long-time TV host has come under fire for his comments defending Rachael Kirkconnell and her actions while at college, including attending an “Old Plantation” party.

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Chris has been criticized for past comments on body diversity

But he has now been slammed as a 2014 interview has resurfaced, in which Chris said the ABC show would not have “body diversity” because it’s “not attractive.”

Chris was asked: “Have you considered a less hunky bachelor, like maybe a chubby guy?” to which he replied: “No. Because that’s not attractive, and television is a very visual medium.”

He told the New York Times: “I know that sounds horrible to say, but I know that at 42, in the eyes of television, I’m old and unattractive.

“Sure, I can put a suit and tie on, but I have hair on my chest and I don’t have a 12-pack. I live a healthy life, but I don’t do eight hours in the gym, nor do I want to. And I don’t eat 50,000 egg whites.”

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The show has hever had a plus size contestant

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A year later he also spoke about the lack of general diversity on the show, which at the time had not had a black Bachelor or Bachelorette.

“Advertisers have to buy this show. Advertisers have to buy the next season of the show. I need millions of people to want to watch this show,” he told NPR.

“So I need to put on people that others want to watch.”

The Bachelor Nation star recently stepped down from hosting the After The Final Rose special to get educated on a “more profound and productive level than ever before.”

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Chris has stepped aside for the franchise

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The furore arose over Rachael’s decision to attend a plantarion party

Chris’ comments follow weeks of outrage over photos showing current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell attending an “Old South” plantation party in 2018.

Rachael was also alleged to have liked racist social media posts in the past.

One snap that she had liked shows two Caucasian women dressed in a hula outfit posing in front a Confederate flag.

During an awkward interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in franchise history – Chris asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael.

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Chris spoke over Rachel as he “defended racism”

Following his comments, fans demanded the longtime host be fired and 25 women from the current season rallied together to denounce the hosts’ stance in a joint statement.

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The long time host later posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram where he acknowledged that his “ignorance did damage to friends, colleagues and strangers alike.”

The 49-year-old wrote on Instagram: “I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful.

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“My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke.”

He went on: “By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uniformed I was. I was so wrong.”

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