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How Chris Harrison Is Feeling After Emmanuel Acho Named 'After the Final Rose' Host (Exclusive)

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A source tells ET that Chris Harrison is ‘concerned’ amid being replaced by Emmanuel Acho for 'The Bachelor's After the Final Rose special. In addition, the source reveals the former NFL player is ‘confident’ about stepping in for the longtime host, and that he’ll be able to ‘lead important conversations that viewers should learn about and be part of.’

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- Chris Harrison is having a difficult time after being replaced in Bachelor Nation.

CHRIS HARRISON: I don't know if I should tell you this.

- ET has learned the 49-year-old reality host is "concerned" about the backlash following his controversial remarks, which resulted in him temporarily stepping away from The Bachelor franchise.

CHRIS HARRISON: This is the final rose tonight.

- On Monday, a guest host was announced for The Bachelor's After The Final Rose special with former NFL star Emmanuel Acho, stepping in for Harrison. Now, a source tells us, "Chris and his team are concerned about this ordeal and the changes occurring. They're trying to figure out his next move. Chris is a hardworking guy, who loves his job." Meanwhile, Acho is thrilled about his new gig.

EMMANUEL ACHO: As long as it's good things being discussed.

- ET source added, "Emmanuel Acho is very excited to host the After The Final Rose episode. He feels confident about replacing Chris Harrison for the episode and believes he can lead important conversations that viewers should learn about and be part of." This one hour special will have Acho, sitting down with Matt James to discuss his season. And we'll see conversations with the final three women, Bri, Michelle, and Rachel.

CHRIS HARRISON: Not a good look. Not a great move.

- Harrison, first, revealed he was taking time off from the franchise in February. In his second apology for defending contestant Rachel Kirkconnell's racist actions, Harrison said, "I was so wrong." And he felt "ashamed." As a result, the longtime host added, he would be stepping away from Bachelor Nation for "a period of time."

CHRIS HARRISON: I think The Bachelor and Bachelorette is always a sign of the times, not vise versa.

- ET spoke with Harrison in December about how The Bachelor franchise has been impacted by social issues.

CHRIS HARRISON: I don't think we wag the dog. The dog wags the tail, so I think we're a microcosm of what's going on out there. And, obviously, Black Lives Matter, and racial injustices, and where that stands is a huge topic. So these are topics that are affecting everybody in the world right now. So yeah, it should bleed into the pages of The Bachelor and Bachelorette. So we encourage that.