Plenty to speak about. Emmanuel Acho hosted the Monday, March 15, The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special in location of Chris Harrison and covered Matt James‘ tumultuous journey to find love.

” You wan na believe that you understand your person better than anybody else knows your person, and while all this controversy’s swirling around– who Rachael [Kirkconnell] is and things that she might have gone to and images that she ‘liked’ and individuals that she’s related to,” Matt stated. “Prior to Rachael addressed anything or Chris Harrison spoke on anything, I’m trying to be there for her, and I dismissed them as rumors since that’s what they were to me. You hear things that are heartbreaking and you simply pray they’re not true. And then when you find out that they are, it simply makes you question everything.”

Matt James Thought Rachael Kirkconnell Allegations Were Rumors
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After Matt verified he and Rachael are no longer together, she shared her response to their split.

The exes then came face to deal with for the very first time given that the breakup.

He included: “I knew that I had to take a step back for you to put because work that you outlined that you needed to do, and that’s something that you got ta do on your own, which’s why we can’t be in a relationship.”

Harrison, 49, revealed via Instagram on February 13 that he would be “stepping aside for a time period” and would not join for the After the Final Rose unique following backlash from an interview in which he protected season 25 participant Kirkconnell against accusations of bigotry. (Matt, 29, picked the 24- year-old graphic designer– who has actually given that apologized for her actions– throughout the Monday night finale.)

ABC confirmed on February 27 that Acho, 30, would change Harrison for After the Last Rose, which was pre-taped instead of shot in its normal live format. While the Texas native has expressed his desire to eventually return as host of the franchise, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will take control of his duties during season 17 of The Bachelorette, ABC and Warner Bros. announced on Friday, March 12.

Previous to After the Final Rose, Acho exposed his “extremely, extremely, very simple” mission as the special’s host. “Permit my white siblings and sis who have actually watched the program and fell in love with Matt’s story to comprehend that Matt’s romance and his journey of love is different than other journeys of love, particularly since of his skin and his skin color,” he explained on Excellent Morning America earlier this month.

The Unpleasant Discussions With a Black Guy author informed Extra on Friday that he and Harrison spoke “at length over the last two weeks,” adding that the two had “really helpful, very good conversations.”

In Other Places during After the Final Rose, runner-up Michelle Young claimed Matt rejected her the opportunity for closure after their breakup by refusing to talk with her. He apologized and stated he would speak to her if he might relive the moment; she forgave him and confessed she was no longer in love with him.

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