I like having my new tabs in private to be blank but now it's Brave Search

In the past when I opened a new private tab it would be blank but now it defaults to Brave Search. I can’t seem to see a way to change it back. Am I missing something?

Description of the issue:

Brave Version (check About Brave): Linux version v1.42.86

Operating System: Linux Mint 20.3 Cinnamon

I do not believe there is any way to do this at this time. We do apologize for the inconvenience.