"I don't believe in whatever Tracy liked and tweeted at the time," the 26-year-old former NFL pro said during a conference call with reporters on Thursday. "[But] I think that's a growing thing."
In a lengthy message posted to Instagram last month, Shapoff expressed her remorse over tweeting "extremely hurtful words," which included racist comments, fat-shaming remarks, using the R-word, and seemingly even slamming The Bachelor. "I take full responsibility for my tweets and will use this as a learning experience. I hope that we can continue to spread love and kindness in the world," she said.
As for whether the Bachelor should do a better job of vetting contestants, Underwood said "it's not up for me to decide."
"As the Bachelor, it’s a good opportunity for me to get to really know these women and form my own opinions of them without really seeing that. That is a gift and a curse at times," he noted.
"As far as the process goes, you know, social media is becoming a challenge for every workplace. You're seeing it all over the world and in our society coming up, and everybody has differences in this world and like I said, but the bottom line is [the Bachelor changing their casting process is] not up to me. That’s not my department or anything I need to have an opinion in."