Rachel Lindsay is here to keep it real.
She’s here to not beat around a single bush.
She is here, quite simply, to tell it like it is — or, at least, like how she thinks it could be, based on a very troubling pattern she’s been noticing from a certain segment of the viewing population.
On the former Bachelorette’s Higher Learning podcast this Friday, Lindsay sat back and surveyed the scene on social media.
And, just a few weeks after she briefly deleted her Instagram page due to incessant harrassment, she came right out and made a bold prediction.
Lindsay told Van Lathan that she could see The Bachelor and/or The Bachelorette getting canceled in the near future.
“It’s wild out there, y’all. It’s so toxic. Bachelor Nation, y’all are gonna be the reason this show doesn’t exist anymore ‘cause you’re so damn toxic,” she said on air.
Added Lindsay, as directly as one can:
“You’re gonna be the demise of the show and the reason it’s taken down.”
Rachel, of course, has found herself smack dab in the middle of an ongoing controversy centered around Chris Harrison, Season 25 suitor Rachael Kirkconnell and the topic of race.
She was the one who interviewed Chris Harrison in early February and who asked him about Kirkconnell’s questionable history of social media posts.
As you likely know by now, Harrison went out of his way to defend Kirkconnell… which prompted a backlash… which prompted multiple apologies from Harrison… and which also prompted him to step away as host.
Lindsay didn’t pile on and drag Harrison too hard for his response to this scandal.
But she did say she thought Harrison leaving as host, even just on a temporary basis, was probably a good idea.
In the wake of these remarks, and other critical remarks from Lindsay over the past few months, ABC has gone ahead and replaced Harrison with Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe for this upcoming season of The Bachelorette.
Lindsay has been on the receiving end of vitriol from many viewers as a result of her judgments against the network and the show’s producers.
She’s taken extreme issue for awhile now with how poorly The Bachelor has handled the subject of diversity …
… and that was long before this entire Kirkconnell/Harrison mess came to light!
Moreover, she’s now borne witness to the hate Matt James has been garnering ever since he dumped Kirkconnell — so much so that Rachael herself has told the trolls to shut the eff up.
“You’re nasty, you’re vile, you’re harassing Matt for a decision that he made,” Lindsay added on Friday.
“He supports the girl, he’s allowing her to do it on her own. Let’s move on.”
Earlier on the podcast, Rachel said she continues to be vocal and call things out on The Bachelor … but isn’t hopeful, noting:
“Is it where it needs to be? No. And honestly it probably never will.”