Emmanuel Acho Replaces Chris Harrison as “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” Host

Paulina Jayne Isaac
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Photo credit: Instagram

From Cosmopolitan

It’s the news Bachelor Nation has been waiting for: Who’s going to replace Chris Harrison? Well, we still aren’t 100% sure if Chris is going to be replaced as host of the franchise. What we do know is that Emmanuel Pacho is filling in as host of The Bachelor “After the Final Rose” special.

He will speak with Matt James and the final three contestants, Rachael Kirkconnell, Michelle Young, and Bri Springs. By the time the special airs, we’ll know who Matt is engaged to (or not engaged to...) and we’ll *hopefully* get answers to questions surrounding this season’s controversy.

”IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year,” Emmanuel captioned his post revealing the news. “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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As exciting as this is, odds are you don’t know a lot about him. So, we’re about to change that for ya!

He’s a former professional football player.

The Bachelor has a thing for football players (and pageant queens), so this isn’t a huge surprise. Emmanuel used to be a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and later the Philadelphia Eagles.

Now, he’s still in the football world but as an analyst for Fox Sports 1. So, he’s used to being on camera which is a plus.

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He’s an activist and author.

I might be biased, but this is one of the ~cooler~ parts about Emmanuel. He wrote a book titled, Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man. You might remember the book because of a rather tone-deaf Instagram Story Rachael posted with it. But that’s neither here nor there.

The New York Times best-seller is described as an “essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states.” It touches on white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism” in a way that seeks to educate people and encourage them to have, well, uncomfortable conversations.

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“The problem in America is there’s a communication barrier between my Black brothers and sisters and my white brothers and sisters,” he wrote in People. “And since I fully understood how to communicate with both, I said, ‘Let me stand in the gap and be a bridge.’”

He has famous friends.

If you scroll through his Instagram profile (which I’ve obvs been doing), you’ll notice some familiar faces. He has a bunch of shots with stars from Insecure. He captioned a pic with Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, “My friends are goals, your friends are foes...” I mean, no argument from me because I wish I was in that friend group.

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Emmanuel also has a show that he posts to Instagram of him literally sitting down with guests to have uncomfortable conversations. He has sat down with Matthew McConaughey, Chelsea Handler, and (wait for it)...Oprah.

The more I learn about this man, the cooler he becomes.

He has support from Bachelor alums.

Since the announcement, Bachelor peeps have voiced their support for Emmanuel stepping in as host. Current Bachelor Matt James commented on his IG post, writing, “Looking forward to it.” Emmanuel replied, “My brother. I’ll see you soon.”

Bryan Abasalo, who’s married to Rachel Lindsay, commented, “Happy for your bro! 🙌🏼👏🏼 I have no doubt you will do a fantastic job! 🙏🏼👊🏼” Former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin added, “Best news, so happy for you!”

Can’t wait to watch!

You love all the deets on The Bachelor. So do we. Let’s overanalyze them together. ✔️

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