THE Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell skipped the Women Tell All show after being slammed for attending a "racist" plantation party.
The 24-year-old sparked outrage this month when resurfaced photos showed her dressed up at a controversial "Old South" bash in 2018.
Rachael was also alleged to have liked racist social media posts in the past.
Bachelor host Chris Harrison explained that Rachael didn't make an appearance at the Women Tell All – but insisted she will "have her time to speak".
He made the admission when former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay confronted him over the controversy surrounding Rachael.
“We will talk about it, on the ‘Woman Tell All’ we do get into it… Rachael was not there so we didn’t get into the Rachael of it all," he told Extra TV.
He added: "But Rachael will have her time to speak. Hopefully I will be there to have that debate with her and I will push her.
"I don’t think the show needs to speak before Rachael does."
Chris also urged viewers to show Rachael "a little grace, understanding and compassion".
"I have seen some stuff online, again, this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart," he said.
"Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this. I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago that’s it.”
Rachel pointed out: “With Rachael, I think what’s frustrating… There’s nothing that contractually stops her from saying, ‘Hey, this isn’t true.’
"I think people have a question: will the franchise speak out and say something? Will she say something? You have another level that she is dating a Black man.”
Rachael, who has been a favorite all season, may have missed the Women Tell All as it's possible she ends up in Matt James' top three.
Rachael faced backlash earlier this month for attending an “antebellum plantation-themed ball” at Georgia College & State University, thrown by the college fraternity, Kappa Alpha.
Kappa Alpha has been criticized as "racist” due to its embrace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as its “spiritual leader.”
The Southern fraternity throws their annual bash during “Old South Week” – a popular event that has previously been held on plantations and used Confederate flags for decoration.
Rachael's cousin Anastasia exclusively spoke to The Sun, insisting she is "not racist" – but admitted the photos are "hard to defend".
Amid the ongoing backlash, Rachael’s cousin claimed the reality star has learned from her “ignorance” and will be apologizing with a statement soon.
Rachael has been facing death threats since the scandal broke and her parents are in a "terrible mental place", a source told The Sun.
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