"I got nothing more than a surface response. Obviously, he's a man who clearly wants to stay on the show."
Michael Strahan was the man Chris Harrison delivered his apology to — and he isn't buying it.
On Thursday morning, the GMA host interviewed his embattled ABC colleague over the Rachael Kirkconnell controversy; the Bachelor presenter had defended her after some troubling past behavior emerged, such as attending an Antebellum party and liking a social media post with a Confederate flag.
"I think the biggest surprise for a lot of people that this season was supposed to be a turning point for the show," Strahan told him during the video interview. "We had the first Black bachelor in the franchise's history after two decades of being on the air; it was a move that had already been criticized as too little too late by quite a few people."
"But now it's being overshadowed by this controversy over racism; but not just by a contestant on the show but also by its own host, and you are the face of the show. So a lot of people — and I'm wondering — why would you defend Rachael Kirkconnell?" he asked.
"I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that," Harrison responded. "I believe that mistake doesn't reflect who I am or what I stand for."
Harrison also confirmed he intends his stepping away to be just temporary, and he wants his job back.