FORMER NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho will host The Bachelor: After the Final Rose after long time host Chris Harrison was forced stepped down.
Harrison - who was the host of The Bachelor for over a decade - stepped down after receiving backlash for "perpetuating racism" during an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on February 9.
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Who is Emmanuel Acho and when did he play in the NFL??
Born November 10, 1990, Acho is a former NFL linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Acho is currently an analyst for Fox Sports 1.
He played college football at Texas and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The 30-year-old linebacker missed his entire rookie season with the Browns due to a leg injury.
The Browns traded Acho to the Eagles for running back Dion Lewis in April 2013.
His played his first professional game on the gridiron in October 2013, after an injury to Eagles linebacker Jake Knott.
Acho had an on and off two year stint with the Eagles often times being resigned by the team after an injury to one of their linebackers.
After being released again in November 2015, Acho took a temporary job as an analyst for the Longhorn Network and then transitioned to a full-time position by the fall of 2016.
Acho left ESPN in 2020 and signed a deal with Fox Sports to co-host the afternoon studio show Speak For Yourself.
What is 'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man'?
Acho is the host of his weekly web show Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man.
The show features guest conversations with Acho about race that "many white people have never been able to have".
"Our Nation and world have again been confronted with its greatest ongoing pandemic, Racism.
"Racism is not a virus of the body; it is a virus of the mind, and unfortunately, it can be lethal," the show's is described on it's website.
"But you cannot fix a problem that you do not know you have. And if “ignorance is bliss”, in this case, bliss has caused bondage and pain for others.
"But there is a fix. We can all access the life-saving medicine that will cure the world’s most ailing, long-lasting pandemic. But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations."
The show has featured guests like Chelsea Handler, Matthew McConaughey and NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell
The book Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man released on November 10, 2020.
Is he hosting Bachelor: After the Final Rose?
Acho will be the host of Bachelor: After The Final Rose, which is set to air Monday, March 15 at 10pm.
On Saturday, February 27, the former NFL linebacker announced he’s accepted ABC’s rose and will be officiating Matt James’ post-finale spinoff next month.
He broke the news on Twitter, writing: “IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose & am honored to be hosting The Bachelor After the Final Rose this year.
“It’s been a pivotal season & this episode will be one of the most storied shows in its history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. See y’all then!”
In a separate tweet, he called his new gig "life changing," while adding he "can’t wait!"
Dressed in a navy pinstripe suit, Acho brushed the rosebud close to his face as he struck a serious pose for the camera.
Who are Matt's top 3?
The finalists in James' season of The Bachelor are Bri Springs, Michelle Young and Rachel Kirkconnell.
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Kirkconnell, 24, has come under fire for attending a "racist" antebellum themed party thrown by a Georgia college fraternity in 2018.
In the season finale trailer, the 24-year-old appears to buckle under the pressure of the show.
The reality star has been hiding out at her parents' Georgia home since the scandal broke.