Television March 17, 2021
What Didn’t Air on the 'Bachelor’ 'After the Final Rose' Episode? Emmanuel Acho Tells All!
On Monday night, Emmanuel Acho had a front-row seat to “The Bachelor’s” “After the Final Rose” episode.
There was more that happened than what aired that night!
While America was able to watch Matt James sit down with a heartbroken Michelle Young and an apologetic Rachael Kirkconnell, what we didn’t see was Michelle and Rachael’s heart-to-heart conversation.
Emmanuel took to Instagram to reveal that the unaired moment was his favorite of the night. He said, “My favorite part of the one-hour special that was not shown actually ... was talking to Michelle early on and I could sense the heartbreak over her loss of a former lover in Matt, but I could also sense the despair over her loss of a former friend in a Rachael based upon those photos that have surfaced about Rachael.”
Emmanuel was referring to the racially insensitive photos of Rachael at an antebellum plantation-theme fraternity formal in 2018.
“Now, Michelle had reached out to Rachael, but had never heard back. And so Michelle was broken over that. I sensed that over the course of our conversation. So during that next commercial break, I called an audible," Acho went on. "I reached out to the producers via my microphone and I said, 'Hey, we have to get Michelle and Rachael to somehow reconcile.' "
After the two women agreed to the sit-down, “Michelle pours her heart out and Rachael pours her heart out, the two shared an embrace,” according to Acho.
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“I simply sat there and witnessed it and thought, 'If we could see this collectively as a society, we could all grow,” Emmanuel pointed out. “It was a beautiful depiction that I got to witness — and for the sake of time, you all did not get to witness.”
Another moment that didn’t make the cut, due to time constraints, was Bri Springs’ conversation with Matt. She told “Extra’s” Rachel Lindsay on Tuesday, “I realize that there was probably a lot of content to digest between Matt and his conversations with Michelle and Rachael, and the announcement of two Bachelorettes. I do feel like I had a great conversation with Emmanuel about my journey... I got good closure from it, and I wish people could have seen me reach that conclusion."