Rachel Lindsay calls out DeMario Jackson over race comments: He 'never knew me'
Rachel Lindsay is calling out DeMario Jackson!
The former Bachelorette is speaking out after Jackson made comments about her only being "attracted to white men" and making her preference in guys clear during his time on the reality dating show.
"I was only there for the two weeks in the house,” Jackson said during an interview with The E&G Podcast on Monday. "From the beginning you knew that she was attracted to white men. You knew that. No disrespect, you just knew. She had that vibe. From night one, we all set down, all the guys and I said, 'They're going to have a black representative, either myself or Eric, and they're going to have Dean, Peter, and Brian as the final four.’ We all caught that."
Jackson even added that he would have been in the final episodes of the show because it would’ve been "pretty good for TV."
"I mean it was obvious. I said, 'It's either going to be myself or Eric.' Just for the fact that I feel like Eric and I both have, I mean, we have different but similar personalities and we're both like, it's just pretty good for TV," he expressed. "It's either me, the wild and crazy black guy, or it's going to be the very spiritual, down-to-earth, positive, motivating guy. You have Dean, because he's f**king drop dead gorgeous."
The show posted an Instagram about their interview with Jackson later in the day, and Lindsay wasted no time commenting, writing, "Says the guy that dated Lexi. Demario never knew me and still doesn't."
Lexi Thexton made an appearance on Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette, claiming that she had been dating Jackson before he joined the series and then stopped talking to her. The reality star also spoke about his relationship with Thexton, sharing that he knew her from the dating app Bumble and "couldn't tell you what she did."
Jackson was ultimately eliminated during that infamous episode and went on to join the cast of Bachelor in Paradise -- which also included controversy in the form of a heavily-publicized incident involving him and Corinne Olympios.
ET spoke with Jackson to discuss the show's most talked-about summer scandal, admitting that it was an "emotional" time and he "was a wreck."
"[Chris Harrison] is great at what he does, and him and I, we've had our differences," Jackson told ET. "But this was amazing. Halfway through he's like, 'You're killing this,' because it was just raw, uncut emotions."