‘The Bachelor’: Emmanuel Acho To Replace Chris Harrison as Host of ‘After the Final Rose’ Special

Emmanuel Acho has been tapped to host The Bachelor live special After the Final Rose. The former NFL star will take on hosting duties from Chris Harrison after he decided to take a step back. Acho made the announcement official on social media where he confirmed the news to raving fans.

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Is Emmanuel Acho hosting the next season of ‘The Bachelor?’

There’s no word if Acho will be taking over Harrison’s job for good. However, Acho is going to wrap up the current season that has Matt James as The Bachelor. Fans of the show know there’s a live aspect to the show at the end where the contestants return to talk about their experience. After the Final Rose is the special episode that Acho will be fronting.

“IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting The Bachelor After the Final Rose this year,” he posted on Instagram “It’s been a pivotal season, and this episode will hopefully be one of the most storied shows in TV history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. Share the news! I’ll see y’all then.”

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‘The Bachelor’ fans react to Emmanuel Acho hosting

Following Acho’s announcement on Instagram, friends and followers replied with congratulatory messages. The majority of the messages were of excitement to have Acho hosting the reality show.

“Best news, so happy for you,” a fan said.

“Literally could not think of a more perfect person for this. SO PROUD OF YOU,” a follower added.

“EPIC! They could not have picked a better person. Congrats friend,” an Instagram user posted.

“No one better suited, literally,” another fan noted. “Can’t wait to watch you lead the conversation with grace and accountability.”

“Phenomenal choice by ABC who has a lot of explaining to do about why they still haven’t issued a statement on anything,” another viewer said.

“YES! So excited, thank you fo much for taking this one,” another Instagram user replied.

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Emmanuel Acho joins as the ABC show is in the middle of controversy

Acho has recently been known for his book and videos called “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” The former NFL player takes on racial questions that people are afraid to ask in public. Harrison stepped of The Bachelor after an interview with Rachel Lindsay where he tried to justify Rachel Kirkconnell.

Kirkconnell is one of the participants of the current season of The Bachelor to have been uncovered to have some problematic issues with race. Photos of her attending an event at a plantation surfaced that have drawn a lot of backlash. Lindsay tried to explain to Harrison why this was not good but the latter pushed back.

“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,” Harrison said on Extra. “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?”

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After the video went viral, fans of The Bachelor gave Harrison a lot of flack for his comments. Days later he announced he was take time off the show but ABC has not announced what the future of the franchise will look like.