“First and foremost, I never went on TV to speak to these different things, but I have been blessed with a platform, so therefore, I will speak on it from my experiences because I want to speak for the folks that don’t have a voice,” the Bachelor in Paradise alum exclusively tells OK! while promoting his partnership with Schick Hydro, which shaves up to seven days of stubble with less tugging and pulling for a comfortable shave.
“I would say that Chris Harrison, Rachael Kirkconnell, Taylor Nolan, they all made mistakes and they all apologized for what they have done,” he continues. “Honestly, I would love to see the work, see the action that takes place from here on out. Like I said before, I think cancellation, canceling people, cancel culture in general is quite honestly the easy way out, and we just throw that person away. Instead, I would rather we learn and we grow with that person."
Ultimately, Johnson says “we need to watch them” grow in the next few months.
Harrison, 49, defended Matt James’ contestant Kirkconnell last month after she attended an “Old-South”-themed party in 2018. The host later apologized and has since stepped away from the franchise for the time being.
For her part, Nolan’s controversial tweets resurfaced, in which she used homophobic slurs and insulted Indian, Asian and Jewish communities, but she later took ownership of her actions.
“My tweets from 10 years ago are sh**ty, they suck, they were wrong and are hurtful,” Nolan later wrote. “I want to be clear that they don’t take away from the work I do today, they are literally how I got here to doing this work."
So, would Johnson, 33, want to grab Harrison's spot? “I would absolutely marvel at the opportunity to be a host of some show, I don’t know if me being the [host of the] Bachelor is the right thing,” he shares, adding that he is looking forward to Emmanuel Acho taking over on After the Final Rose in a few weeks.
“I think that Emmanuel is doing a wonderful job for the After the Final Rose and I would love to see how everything works out for him,” he says. He was my first guest on the “Talking It Out” podcast, and he speaks with so much passion, so much compassion.”