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Celebrity apologies are all the rage.

As I’ve noted, they increasingly appear as products of the same form letter.

Each mea culpa seems more robust than the last, but the buzz words relentlessly repeat: “ignorance,” “educate” “committed,” “harm,” etc.

Yet even in these cancel-ridden times, no one’s said “I’m sorry” like Chris Harrison.

For years, Chris was king: He hosted The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise — from the time they launched in 2002, 2003, and 2014.

But last year, a 2018 photo surfaced — not of Chris, but Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.

She was attending a college formal with an antebellum theme:

Photos have now emerged of Rachael Kirkconnell at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018 #TheBachelor #BachelorNation pic.twitter.com/TEqmofRPKN

— Rosé (@TeaAndRoses21) February 4, 2021

That prompted a probe, which revealed her parents had voted for Trump.

She’d ended up with black Bachelor Matt, but allegations of racism ensued.

Finding out Matt chose Rachel has me sick. #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/KyIoeIApA6

— pablocita 🇯🇲 (@badgyalrika_) February 25, 2021

Commenting on the calamity to Extra, Chris hailed the virtue of grace:

“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it. We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this. … I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this? I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago, and that’s it.”

Fast-forward to a Change.org petition and the companion hashtag #FireChrisHarrison.

In response, he came clean — as a whistle, and then some.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Greatest Apology in the World:

“I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers

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