Former Bachelorette contestant Lee Garrett found himself in the hot seat for a good part of the show鈥檚 Men Tell All reunion special, which aired last night on ABC. Back in June, Garrett was accused of tweeting some really offensive (racist聽and聽homophobic) things, so host Chris Harrison took time out of the special to confront him about the tweets, and to allow his fellow contestants to voice their frustrations and objections. After some back and forth, Garrett issued a half-hearted apology that showed he really didn鈥檛 understand what he had to apologize for.

The Bachelorette _ Lee Garrett

When the subject of the tweets first came up, Garrett tried to slow the tide before it began by saying, 鈥淚鈥檓 facetious. I make jokes when I鈥檓 uncomfortable in inappropriate times. It doesn鈥檛 always come off right, and I definitely learned that about myself.鈥

After being asked to clarify what he meant when he compared the NAACP to the KKK, and why he compared women to dogs, among other things, he stammered, 鈥淚 don鈥檛 like racism at all. It bothers me morally, it bothers me inside, and I don鈥檛 like it. And when I woke up and I saw that those came out, it hurt me a lot.鈥

His fellow contestants weren鈥檛 ready to let him off the hook, though, and pointed out that he seemed more bothered by the fact that he got caught than by the fact that he鈥檇 said such things in the first place. He then offered an apology of sorts, saying, 鈥淚鈥檓 sorry for saying things when I was not educated and ignorant in those subjects.鈥

Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay then confronted him, saying that he shouldn鈥檛 have to watch playback of a show like The Bachelorette to learn about different types of people, and that he should have been present during the experience and enjoyed the wonderful people he was with. Once the taping was complete, Lindsay told E! News, 鈥淚 really hope he learns from it.鈥

Harrison also spoke with E! and said, 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know, honestly. At the end of the day, Lee could be completely full of sh*t. He could be giving everybody the lip service they want today. I hope that鈥檚 not the case. I don鈥檛 know him well enough to know, but I hope so. If nothing else, I hope he heard some things and I hope he learns a little something. I think he was pretty ignorant, clearly, and did some really silly things and made some huge mistakes.鈥

Not everyone is giving him the benefit of the doubt, however. Dean Unglert told E!, 鈥淚 did not buy it in the slightest. 鈥 My blood is literally boiling. He鈥檒l say and do things and then when he鈥檚 put on the spot, he will manipulate it to try and make people think he鈥檚 apologizing and make them feel better about themselves, but I鈥檓 not a fan.鈥

Harrison said that, going forward, the way the show vets contestants will change, and producers will comb through everyone鈥檚 social media accounts, which is 鈥渁 pain in the ass,鈥 but probably needs to be done.

鈥淚t鈥檚 embarrassing we didn鈥檛 [go through contestants鈥 social media] and that鈥檚 going to change. But people need to know there are things in place that made those things irrelevant and obsolete in the past. We would take over their accounts, we would shut down their accounts so the past didn鈥檛 matter. And so, we didn鈥檛 have to go through thousands and thousands and thousands of tweets.鈥 The past always matters, though, when it comes to issues like misogyny and racism.

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