After longtime “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison introduced he’s quickly stepping away from his function, the franchise introduced a brand new host for its upcoming dwell particular, “After the Last Rose.”
Emmanuel Acho, a former NFL linebacker and Fox Sports activities analyst, will step in for Harrison. Acho, a Black man, hosts an online collection referred to as “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man,” and wrote a e book of the identical identify.
The transfer indicators that the franchise just isn’t shying away from the racial controversy that sidelined Harrison.
Chris Harrison stepped apart after defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell in a 15-minute rant to “Further” correspondent Rachel Lindsay, who was additionally the truth franchise’s first Black Bachelorette in 2017.
Followers had uncovered photographs of Kirkconnell at a 2018 plantation-themed social gathering and noticed her posts about QAnon-linked baby trafficking myths.
On “Further,” Lindsay requested Harrison about Kirkconnell, and he responded saying she must be proven “somewhat grace, somewhat understanding, somewhat compassion,” whereas additionally decrying what he referred to as “the woke police.”
Harrison confronted prolonged backlash, and finally posted an apology asserting he can be stepping apart.
Traditionally, the “After the Last Rose” particular contains dwell interviews by Harrison with the Bachelor or Bachelorette, the successful contestant and the runner-up.
Three contestants, together with Kirkconnell, stay on Bachelor Matt James’ season, which was filmed earlier than the controversy with Harrison because the host. James is the franchise’s first Black male lead.
Acho’s choice appears to point that the “Bachelor” franchise understands this story just isn’t going away. Acho’s on-line collection seeks to assist white individuals perceive their very own racial biases and confront uncomfortable questions. On Acho’s web site, he says, “[T]he key to mending the racial divide in our world lie throughout the solutions, and that white individuals DO have the ability to have an effect on sweeping change, and quick circuit racism inside their very own lives and communities.”
Whereas contestants are sometimes certain by contracts to maintain mum till the season finale, James launched an announcement in regards to the controversy.
“The previous few weeks have been a number of the most difficult of my life,” he mentioned, including that Harrison’s preliminary protection of Kirkconnell “was a transparent reflection of a a lot bigger concern that The Bachelor franchise has fallen quick on addressing adequately for years.”
Kirkconnell has additionally launched an apology, writing, “I hear you, and I’m right here to say I used to be incorrect.”
The “After the Last Rose” particular will air on ABC on March 15.
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