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 Ultimate Rose this 12 months.”
He provides, “It’s been a pivotal season & this episode will probably be one of the vital storied reveals 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 critical nod from ABC … particularly after Rachel Lindsay — the primary Black ‘Bachelorette’ within the franchise — publicly name-dropped him lately as an ideal potential choice to step in for Chris.
She stated he’d be excellent 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 nicely, and Emmanuel responded … “Life altering. I am unable to wait!” It’s going to be fascinating to see how he moderates the convo with Matt James and whoever he finally ends up selecting — together with doubtlessly Rachael Kirkconnell, the problem-contestant from whose outdated racist pictures this entire state of affairs arose.
As we reported … ABC execs have been searching for a ‘Bachelor’ outsider to fill in — and even if Emmanuel hadn’t been approached as of Wednesday … it seems 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 excellent 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/unhealthy information there. In any case, we’re certain she’s joyful for her pal. ‘After the Ultimate Rose’ airs on March 15 … phrase is filming may occur as early as this weekend.