Emmanuel Acho replaces Chris Harrison as host of 'Bachelor' finale's 'After the Rose'

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Emmanuel Acho has accepted the finale rose.

The former NFL linebacker and Fox Sports analyst will be stepping in to host “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.”

The episode is set to air on Monday, March 15 at 10 p.m. immediately after the finale of the dramatic season.

Acho will take over Chris Harrison’s hosting duties as he sits down with the first Black Bachelor, Matt James, for a post-show conversation that will discuss everything from his season, his final decision, and what he’s up to now.

He confirmed his involvement on Instagram on Saturday, February 27, writing: “I’ve accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year. 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!”

The 30-year-old will also touch on the current controversy surrounding the longtime franchise including contestant Rachael Kirkconell, who was called out after photos surfaced of attending an antebellum plantation-themed ball in 2018.

Harrison, who has been the face of the franchise and hosted nearly every single iteration o