Matt James' final pick isn't the only mystery left on this season of "The Bachelor."
Also a mystery? Who will host the "After the Final Rose" special. Sources tell TMZ that producers are seeking someone without ties to the franchise — but also someone with loyalty to ABC.
In the special, which will air next month after Matt makes his pick, race is expected to be a major topic of conversation.
The "After the Final Rose" special, much like "The Bachelor," has always been hosted by Chris Harrison. However, Chris announced on Feb. 13 that he's "stepping aside" from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" for "a period of time."
Chris's announcement came a few days after he apologized for defending a current contestant on the show, frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell, who had been getting backlash for past social media activity. For example, she was pictured dressed in costume at an Old South antebellum party in 2018.
"This historic season of 'The Bachelor' should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions," Chris said on Instagram. In the post, he said he was "deeply remorseful" for the pain and damage his "ignorance" had brought to his "friends, colleagues and strangers alike."
Rachael, meanwhile, said in a statement that her "ignorance was racist."
But who is going to replace Chris? Although producers now want someone untethered to the show, that wasn't always the case. TMZ reports former "The Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay — the show's first Black lead — was asked to host but declined the offer. Instead, she suggested sports analyst Emmanuel Acho, who is outspoken about race issues.
The hosting duties for "After the Final Rose" remain up in the air.