Entertainment Emmanuel Acho is set to host 'The Bachelor: After the Final Rose' following Chris Harrison's exit and racism allegations
Bachelor Host Chris Harrison: I 'Will Be Stepping Aside for Period of Time' amid Racism Controversy
"The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions," Chris Harrison said"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 alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke," he wrote in a lengthy statement shared on Instagram Saturday.
- Former NFL player Emmanuel Acho will host "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" special on March 15.
- He will replace Chris Harrison, the former host who stepped down after a .
- Season 25, featuring Matt James,
Emmanuel Acho will host "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" special, replacing former host Chris Harrison whothis month.
Bachelorette Alum Ivan Hall "Wouldn't Feel Comfortable" Doing BIP With Chris Harrison
In an exclusive interview with E! News, Bachelorette finalist Ivan Hall spoke out against Chris Harrison following his controversial defense of The Bachelor's Rachael Kirkconnell.Ivan Hall, who competed for Tayshia Adams' heart on season 16 of The Bachelorette, discussed the controversy—namely, Chris' questionable defense of The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's self-described "offensive and racist" actions—on Tuesday, Feb. 23's Daily Pop, explaining that he's glad the ABC host is "stepping aside for a period of time," as Chris put it in a recent announcement.
Acho, a former NFL linebacker and co-host of the Fox Sports show "Speak for Yourself," revealed on Saturday that he would host the one-hour special on Monday, March 15, at 10 p.m. EST.
"IT'S OFFICIAL: I've accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting theAfter the Final Rose this year," wrote Acho, 30, on Instagram.
"It's been a pivotal season, and this episode will hopefully be one of the most storied shows in TV history," Acho wrote. "Empathy is needed and change is coming. Share the news! I'll see y'all then!"
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The show's "pivotal" 25th season was initially celebrated for having its, but has since stumbled amid racism allegations.
Rachel Kirkconnell, an early front-runner on season 25, made headlines when a TikTok. Photos later emerged of Kirkconnell .
The Bachelor Announces Chris Harrison's Replacement for After the Final Rose Special
After Chris Harrison announced he would be "stepping aside" from the franchise, the ABC show has revealed his replacement. Find out the details, below!Earlier this month, Chris Harrison announced he was "stepping aside" from the ABC franchise after he received backlash for defending the controversy surrounding contestant Rachael Kirkconnell during an Extra interview with Rachel Lindsay.
In February, Harrison sat down with Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette, for a 13-minute interview that discussed the show's controversies.
"Well the picture was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party, so I think, you know, that's not a good look," Lindsay said. "She's celebrating the Old South. If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party?"
Harrison attempted to defend Kirkconnell, saying Lindsay was "100% right in 2021," but claimed that it was perceived differently three years ago.
"And again, I'm not defending Rachael. I just know that, I don't know, 50 million people did that in 2018," Harrison said. "That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. We are not looking under the same lens."
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The Bachelor's Rachael Kirkconnell Responds to Rachel Lindsay Leaving Instagram Amid Harassment
Rachael Kirkconnell is defending fellow Bachelor Nation star Rachel Lindsay after she deactivated her Instagram amid harassment from fans upset over a controversial interview with host Chris Harrison.Lindsay and Harrison's conversation focused on resurfaced photos of Kirkconnell attending an antebellum-themed party, which sparked online accusations of racism. Several Bachelor Nation stars have rallied behind Lindsay, who many fans have bombarded with hateful messages over her part in the interview and have also blamed for Harrison's exit. On Saturday, Feb. 27, Kirkconnell herself joined them.
Days later, Harrison announced that he wasfrom "The Bachelor" franchise.
Acho's entrance into the Bachelor Nation comes after he made waves with his YouTube series, "," which launched after George Floyd's death .
In the "After the Final Rose" special, Acho is set to speak James and this season's final three women: Kirkconnell, Bri Springs, and Michelle Young.
Emmanuel Acho Reveals the 'Bachelor' Reconciliation Moment on 'After the Final Rose' That Never Aired .
The host said the moment was his 'favorite' of the special.The conversation in question was between the final two women, Rachael Kirkconnell and Michelle Young, the former of whom was James' final pick, though the pair has since broken up due to her ongoing racism controversy.