Acho will replace Harrison, who stepped away from hosting duties following his problematic comments in an interview with former The Bachelorette lead Rachel Lindsay. In the Extra interview, Chris defended Rachael Kirkconnell who came under fire after photos of her attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity party in 2018 resurfaced on the internet. The current Bachelor front runner also liked a bunch of racist social media posts, including photos depicting the Confederate flag. She has since apologized to fans. Bachelor lead Matt James called the controversy “troubling and painful.”
Acho posted the news on his Instagram account, “IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year,” he said. “It’s been a pivotal season, and this episode will hopefully be one of the most storied shows in TV history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. Share the news! I’ll see y’all then!”
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In the special, set to air Monday, Mar. 15 at 10 p.m., Acho will sit down with Bachelor Matt James to discuss the season and his final decision. After The Final Rose will also delve into issues surrounding the tumultuous season. Acho will also speak to the final three contestants, Rachael Kirkconnel, Bri Springs and Michelle Young.