'The Bachelor': Matt James Cries as a Woman Breaks Up With Him After Hometowns

One family visit brought some extra clarity.

Hometowns are always illuminating, are they not? Matt James dwindled his group to just four women, and on Monday night's episode of The Bachelor, he met their families.

Controversy surrounding one contestant, Rachael, and host Chris Harrison continues to play out off-screen -- and Matt just issued a statement. 

In a post on Instagram on Monday, Matt called the information that has surfaced in recent weeks "troubling," and said he'll share more of his thoughts "in the end." 

"The reality is that I'm learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly," he wrote. "Chris's failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand immediately, was troubling and painful to watch. As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years."

Onscreen, ABC promised there would be plenty of "tough" conversations this week. Rachael, Bri, Michelle and Serena P. were in the running for Matt's heart, with each of them hoping their hometown date would take things to the next level.

It did for three of them, while Serena P. realized Matt wasn't her "person" -- and told him. That shocker put everything into perspective for Matt, who emotionally revealed his insecurities that another woman would leave him heartbroken. 

ET was live blogging Monday night's episode. Scroll down for a play-by-play of what went down.

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. 


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