Chris Harrison‘s out, and Emmanuel Acho is in — he’s officially set to fill in as host for ‘The Bachelor’ season finale episode … this amid a racism scandal that won’t go away.
The former NFLer and current FS1 sports broadcaster broke the news Saturday, taking to Twitter to write … “IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose & am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year.”
He adds, “It’s been a pivotal season & this episode will be one of the most storied shows in its history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. See y’all then! ? ❤️”
It’d been widely rumored that Emmanuel would get a serious nod from ABC … especially after Rachel Lindsay — the first Black ‘Bachelorette’ in the franchise — publicly name-dropped him recently as a great potential option to step in for Chris.
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She said he’d be ideal since he has no affiliation with the franchise, and could be relatively neutral. Not just that, but Emmanuel is Black too … and well-versed in issues of race, as he’s quite vocal on his own programming. He seems pretty stoked for the opportunity too.
GMA confirmed the announcement as well, and Emmanuel responded … “Life changing. I can’t wait!” It’ll be interesting to see how he moderates the convo with Matt James and whoever he ends up picking — including potentially Rachael Kirkconnell, the problem-contestant from whose old racist photos this whole situation arose.
As we reported … ABC execs were looking for a ‘Bachelor’ outsider to fill in — and despite the fact that Emmanuel hadn’t been approached as of Wednesday … it looks like they came knocking shortly thereafter.
Remember, Rachel herself had also been approached … but she respectfully declined. And while ‘Bachelor’ Nation thought Tayshia Adams — the second Black ‘Bachelorette’ ever — would also be ideal to serve as the ‘ATFR’ host … she had not been approached.
The flip side to this is that Rachel Lindsay took a break from Instagram, apparently because she was getting bombarded with hostile ‘Bachelor’ fans who were sending hateful comments.
So, good news/bad news there. In any case, we’re sure she’s happy for her pal. ‘After the Final Rose’ airs on March 15 … word is filming could happen as early as this weekend.