Transcript for Former NFL linebacker to host ’’The Bachelor: After the Final Rose’
We start with the announcement from bachelor. Author, TV personality and football star Emmanuel acho will be replacing Chris Harrison, this after Harrison came under fire for comments he made with former bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay. Zohreen shah. Reporter: Chris Harrison stepping aside after a racially sensitive interview with Rachel Lindsay, the franchise's first black bachelorette. This morning, the big bachelor announcement. Former Philadelphia eagles linebacker and bestselling author Emmanuel acho now the bachelor's newest host. Speaking to Matt James, the show's first black lead and three female finalists, ABC making the announcement after longtime host Chris Harrison stepped aside. Ladies, this is the final rose tonight. When you're ready. Reporter: Apologizing after backlash over defending one of this season's front-runners Rachael Kirkconnell. Already like completely falling in love with you. Reporter: Kirkconnell became a center of controversy after pictures surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed college party three years ago. Social media also showing she shared qanon conspiracy theories. I just hope I can earn your forgiveness and your grace through my future actions. Reporter: Harrison angered fans by defending her during an interview with Rachel Lindsay. The show's first black bachelorette. It's not a good look. Rachel, is it a good look in 2018 or not a good look in 2021? It's not a good look ever. She's celebrated the old south. If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party? My guess, these girls got dressed up and went to a party. Had a good time. They were 18 years old. Does that make it okay? I don't know. Rachel, you tell me. Reporter: Harrison stepping aside for a period of time, writing, by excusing his historical racism I defended it, I'm ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong. Welcome to another episode of "Uncomfortable conversations with a black man." Reporter: In recent days, acho's name has been floated as a possible replacement. Lindsay saying he had no ties to the franchise and is outspoken about racial justice. In your opinion what's the best way to move forward with this conversation? I think it's best to raise our kids to see color. Reporter: He authored "Uncomfortable conversations with a black man" after his viral YouTube series with the same name launching both soon after George Floyd's killing. He also instagrammed, I love being a bridge for reconciliation, our world is disconnected and divided. My goal is to unify. It's still unknown who will permanently host the bachelor. Rachel telling "People" magazine she hasn't thought that far. Even though she said the recent changes have been positive there's still a lot of progress to be made. The conversation continues, zohreen, thank you so much. We appreciate it.
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