Chris Harrison‘s out, and Emmanuel Acho is in — he is formally set to fill in as host for ‘The Bachelor’ season finale episode … this amid a racism scandal that will not go away.
The previous NFLer and present FS1 sports activities broadcaster broke the information Saturday, taking to Twitter to jot down … “IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose & am honored to be internet hosting the @bachelorabc After the Last Rose this yr.”
He provides, “It’s been a pivotal season & this episode can be one of the storied exhibits in its historical past. Empathy is required and alter is coming. See y’all then! 🌹 ❤️”
It’d been extensively rumored that Emmanuel would get a severe nod from ABC … particularly after Rachel Lindsay — the primary Black ‘Bachelorette’ within the franchise — publicly name-dropped him just lately as an excellent potential choice to step in for Chris.
She mentioned he’d be preferrred since he has no affiliation with the franchise, and could possibly be comparatively impartial. Not simply that, however Emmanuel is Black too … and well-versed in problems with race, as he is fairly vocal on his personal programming. He appears fairly stoked for the chance too.
GMA confirmed the announcement as effectively, and Emmanuel responded … “Life altering. I can not wait!” It will be fascinating to see how he moderates the convo with Matt James and whoever he finally ends up choosing — together with probably Rachael Kirkconnell, the problem-contestant from whose previous racist pictures this complete state of affairs arose.
As we reported … ABC execs have been in search of a ‘Bachelor’ outsider to fill in — and even supposing Emmanuel hadn’t been approached as of Wednesday … it appears to be like like they got here knocking shortly thereafter.
Bear in mind, Rachel herself had additionally been approached … however she respectfully declined. And whereas ‘Bachelor’ Nation thought Tayshia Adams — the second Black ‘Bachelorette’ ever — would even be preferrred to function the ‘ATFR’ host … she had not been approached.
The flip aspect to that is that Rachel Lindsay took a break from Instagram, apparently as a result of she was getting bombarded with hostile ‘Bachelor’ followers who have been sending hateful feedback.
So, excellent news/dangerous information there. In any case, we’re certain she’s comfortable for her pal. ‘After the Last Rose’ airs on March 15 … phrase is filming may occur as early as this weekend.