Bachelorette Tayshia Adams says Chris Harrison 'stepping aside' from show is 'a good thing' after 'racism scandal'

THE Bachelorette star Tayshia Adams said Chris Harrison "stepping aside" from the show is "a really good thing."

Her comments come following the longtime host's "racism scandal."

The 30-year-old reality star broke her silence regarding Chris leaving the ABC dating competition show during Thursday's episode of Click Bait with Bachelor Nation.

Chris, 49, is currently under fire after he defended current Bachelor  contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and her actions while in college, which included attending an "Old Plantation" party.

Following backlash from The Bachelor viewers and alumni from the show, Chris apologized for his hurtful words and announced he was temporarily stepping away from the reality franchise and will not host the upcoming After the Final Rose special.

Chris' decision came after viewers demanded the longtime host be fired and 25 women from the current season rallied together to denounce his comments defending Rachael.

While appearing on the podcast, Tayshia said that Chris' apology "meant a lot" to her.

She then pointed out certain parts of the statement that stood out to her, explaining: "I think after reading his apology there's a few things that stuck out to me, it hit my heart a little bit more to know he actually meant what he was saying."

Tayshia continued: "He said, 'By excusing historical racism I defended it' which is the absolute truth, and the fact that he called that out and owned up to that and he acknowledges that, means a lot to me."

The TV personality added: "Also the fact that he said, 'This is not just a moment but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make each day' also meant a lot to me, because it isn't just a moment, just like how Blacks Lives Matter isn't just a trending topic on Instagram — it's a thing that's taking place every single day that we should actively try to partake in and better."

Tayshia also noted that Chris stepping aside from the show was "absolutely" the right decision, stating: "His words affected a lot of people, you know, myself included.

"I think that by him taking ownership, and just not just saying issue an apology and then just going back to work the next day like nothing happened speaks volumes on his behalf." 

While starring on the most recent season of The Bachelorette, Tayshia found love with fiancé Zac Clark.

After Chris defended Rachel, who is currently competing to win over leading man Matt James, fans of the franchise suggested that a former star take over the hosting duties.

Fans took to Twitter to note Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher or Ben Higgins may be good replacements.

While many viewers have asked for Rachel to become the new host, she shared on her Higher Learning podcast that she wants to be done with the franchise.

The 35-year-old said she’s still "contractually bound in some ways” to the ABC show, but when it is up "I am, too."

She admitted: ”I can't. I can't do it anymore.”

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