In an interview
with New York
magazine's Vulture this week, Rachel Lindsay
discussed her departure from Bachelor Nation, referring to a subset of the franchise's audience as the "Bachelor Klan," a "hateful, racist
, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic" group.
The 36-year-old Texan discussed her decision to leave Bachelor Nation after appearing on “The Bachelor
” and being the first Black
Bachelorette in the lengthy interview, which was published on Monday.
Lindsay addressed some of her positive moments on set, such as when certain producers came to her defense and kept potentially unflattering moments of hers off the air, but she also cited Bachelor Nation fandom as one of the reasons she chose to leave the franchise.
When Lindsay interviewed former Bachelor Nation host Chris Harrison
earlier this year, he defended “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who had been photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.
“The fandom had always had a complicated relationship with me, but it really started to turn against me after that interview,” Lindsay told Vulture this week, referring to her exchange with Harrison.
“They have consistently given it a product it wants: a midwestern/southern white, blonde, light-eyed Christian,” she continued. “But not all viewers are like that. My Higher Learning co-host and I have divided it — there is a Bachelor Nation, and there is a Bachelor Klan. Bachelor Klan is hateful, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic. They are afraid of change.
Lindsay also stated that people
on social media
“started digging up dirt” on her.
“I received death
threats and personal attacks, and I had to hire people to protect me,” she explained. “I couldn’t even pretend to want to be involved anymore. I didn’t want to give people a reason to talk about me because everything I was saying was becoming a headline, so I decided to withdraw from it all.”
Despite this, Lindsay told Vulture that she has no regrets about being a Bachelorette, but she would not "come back and talk about something if they paid me."
“Perhaps if they paid me eight figures...” she added.
Vulture has the complete interview with Lindsay.