Rachel Lindsay has had sufficient of the “The Bachelor” franchise.
Lindsay, the primary Black lead on “The Bachelorette,” known as out host Chris Harrison for defending present “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell who has been criticized for previous racially-insensitive habits.
During Friday’s “Higher Learning” podcast, Lindsay instructed co-host Van Lathan that she’s not renewing her contract with the franchise.
Earlier this week, Lindsay interviewed Harrison concerning the backlash Kirkconnell was going through for liking Confederate flag-related TikToks and, extra not too long ago, for a resurfaced picture that seems to indicate her attending a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.
“We all need to have a little grace,” the “Bachelor” host instructed Lindsay.
Harrison has apologized to Lindsay and publicly on Instagram, however Lindsay says she’s having a tough time accepting his apology.
“I’m (expletive) tired. I’m exhausted. I have truly had enough,” Lindsay said, adding she threatened to leave before if “The Bachelor” didn’t have a Black contestant, but stayed after the franchise obliged.
“My whole purpose for doing ‘The Bachelorette,’ and I was lucky that it worked out for me in the most beautiful way in finding Bryan (Abasolo), is that I wanted to be representative as a Black woman to this audience. And I wanted to pave the way for more people to have this opportunity,” she said.
She said she has a “love-hate relationship” with the franchise and while she’s grateful for the opportunities it gave her she doesn’t know if she wants to be connected to it for much longer.
“How much more do I want to be affiliated with this? How much more can I take of things like this?” Lindsay said.
Harrison also apologized publicly on Instagram Wednesday writing “while I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf” and added he realizes how his comments could perpetuate racism.
“I’m contractually certain in some methods,” Lindsay said. “But when it’s up, I’m too. I can’t do it anymore.”
Matt James, the primary Black bachelor, confirmed assist for Lindsay on Instagram Stories writing: “I’m past grateful to have Rachel as a mentor throughout this season. Your advocacy of BIPOC on this franchise is invaluable, I stand with you and the remainder of the ladies advocating for change and accountability.”
Kirkconnell, who is a Season 25 frontrunner, apologized for her past actions, which she condemned as “offensive and racist” in an announcement on her Instagram Thursday.
“I used to be ignorant, however my ignorance was racist,” she wrote. “I’m sorry to the communities and people that my actions harmed and offended. I’m ashamed about my lack of training, however it’s nobody’s accountability to coach me.”
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff and Sara M Moniuszko
This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: Rachel Lindsay says she will not renew her ‘Bachelor’ contract