Why Chris Harrison’s break from Bachelor verse should be permanent
Bachelor star Matt James speaks out and calls the interview with Chris Harrison « disturbing and painful to watch ».
It will be Emmanuel Acho, not Chris Harrison, who brings the Bachelor cast in the hot seat during the show’s After the Final Rose special.
Acho, a former NFL linebacker and Fox Sports Analyst, will officially replace Harrison as the host of the traditional Finale Special, where lead actor Matt James and his chosen winner will return to discuss the season and their current relationship status, our sister site Deadline reports. The two-hour finale of season 25 will air on Monday, March 15, at 8/7 a.m. Immediately afterwards, the Final Rose Special Special will air.
« It is both an honor and a privilege to host After the Final Rose, » Acho said in a statement. « This is an incredibly important episode in one of the most famous shows in television history. »
Harrison will be stepping out of the Special following his controversial defense of current Bachelor candidate Rachael Kirkconnell after deciding to add a « length of time » to the franchise. to take. When photos surfaced of Kirkconnell attending an antebellum party – a troubled gathering celebrating the pre-Civil War South and reinforcing images of racism from that era – Harrison defended them in an extra interview conducted by Rachel Lindsay, who first black leading role of the Bachelorette. Despite Lindsay’s attempts to explain why Kirkconnell’s actions were unjustifiable, Harrison declined to « break culture » and suggested that Kirkconnell’s attendance at the party just looked worse from today’s perspective.
The host later apologized, « Having spoken wrongly in a way that perpetuates racism, » and three days later he announced that he would be pulling out of the franchise, including the upcoming Final Rose special. “The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes, or marred by my actions,” Harrison wrote at the time. « I am committed to learning on a deeper and more productive level than ever before. »
Aside from this finale special, Harrison’s future with the franchise has yet to be determined.