Matt James, Rachael Kirkconnell Address Racism Controversy in ‘After the Final Rose’ The Bachelor Special

The women of The Bachelor’s 25th season reunited on Monday for the much anticipated After the Final Rose special, with both Rachael Kirkconnell and Michelle Young sitting face-to-face with Bachelor Matt James. 

This year’s special was hosted by Emmanuel Acho, who replaced Chris Harrison following his controversial interview with the first Black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. 

All viewers have been waiting to watch James reunite with Kirkconnell, who was also involved in the franchise’s racism controversy, especially as promos for the special showed Kirkconnell acknowledging that she hurt James.

To recap, in mid-February a viral TikTok accused Kirkconnell of sharing posts pushing QAnon conspiracy theories and liking other posts containing the Confederate flag. Pictures showing The Bachelor contestant at a 2018 “Old South” plantation-themed college
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