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Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Chris Harrison: We picked Colton Underwood as The Bachelor simply because he "gives us what we felt was the best TV"
"And that’s what we’re doing; we’re trying to entertain, we’re trying to tell a story,” he says. Harrison adds: “I know people are mad, and they’re right to be mad because Jason or Blake or whoever are great people. They are and they do deserve love, and so I’m glad that people are upset. They just have to remember why they’re upset and that Colton’s a good guy, too. He’s gonna be a great Bachelor.”
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
How Bachelor in Paradise accidentally became the "Realest Show on Reality TV"
"You simply can’t find this breed of earnest messiness anywhere else on television—least of all, funnily enough, on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette," says Helen Homes. "Yes, BiP is the slapdash spinoff that’s marketed as light summer fluff, but it’s wittier than a network sitcom, more distressing than the most saccharine melodrama (looking at you, This Is Us), and as addictive as the ex you’ll never really get over. The main franchise is deadly serious, and suffers for it. Bachelor in Paradise winks while it delivers its message, but delivers it all the same: without true love, your life might as well be worthless. Here, have a daiquiri"
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Chris Harrison on The Bachelor Colton Underwood's virginity: "It's kind of a great social issue to conquer and tackle this season"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"That's going to be one of the storylines," Harrison said on Live with Kelly and Ryan. "How does he deal with it? How do the women deal with this?" ALSO: The Bachelor alum Amanda Stanton arrested for domestic violence.
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 10:45AM EDT
Carrie Ann Inaba will host the Miss America pageant, succeeding Chris Harrison
The Dancing with the Stars judge will be joined by Ross Mathews, who will co-host from backstage. The Bachelor franchise's Harrison hosted the Miss America pageant from 2011 to 2017.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Chris Harrison feared Bachelor in Paradise would end after last year's scandal
“There definitely was a time I thought that the show might not come back. I mean any show, as we just learned in recent history, you are one catastrophic event away from being gone,” he told ET of last year's Corinne Olympios-DeMario Jackson scandal. “I always understood that about this business, and were all tenuous at best, we’re all replaceable, and that television, that this business, it's a crazy crazy business.”
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Chris Harrison: Omitting The Bachelorette's Lincoln Adim from Men Tell All was an "easy" decision
"Team Bachelorette made Lincoln disappear," as Kristen Baldwin put it. Lincoln's name wasn't even uttered on The Men Tell All special following last month's revelation, weeks into Becca Kufrin's season, that he has just been convicted of sexual assault and battery. "First of all, Lincoln was not invited and not welcome here," Harrison tells Glamour. "What he did was illegal and against the law, so that is a very easy call. There was no chance he was coming here tonight, no chance I wanted to talk to him or hear his side, because there is no side. What he did was commit a crime. That’s a very easy answer. As far as dealing with it, we wanted (Men Tell All) to remain about Becca, about the guys, and about this journey. And going there...this wasn’t the time or place. There really isn’t much to explain about Lincoln other than he lied, he deceived, he committed a crime, he’s not here, and he’s removed from the show and the franchise." Harrison was also asked whether Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy would be mentioned during next week's finale. Harrison responded "that people need to stop putting Lincoln and Garrett in the same sentence. That’s something that kind of pisses me off. What Garrett did is something you disagree with. That is different than what Lincoln did. Lincoln broke the law. That is a very, very different thing than liking something you don’t agree with on Instagram. I have no problem with you disagreeing with what Garrett did. I have no problem if it makes you angry, if it makes you sick to your stomach, but just remember it’s something you disagree with. It that wasn’t something that’s against the law, which is what Lincoln did. Just don’t put them in the same sentence. But if Garrett made you sick, that’s fine too. Will we talk about it? Probably. Maybe. I don’t know. It really depends on the situation in the moment."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Why is The Bachelorette torturing Becca Kufrin with an apparently hate-filled frontrunner?
Source: The Daily Beast
The revelation that frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen "liked" hateful posts on Instagram seems to be part of a Bachelorette trend. "I’m not saying that the people working behind the scenes over at ABC are cruel, but the franchise does seem to have moved away from matchmaking into cherry-picking the suitors who are most likely to torture the person they’re pursuing," says Amy Zimmerman. "So it’s no surprise that Garrett, the medical sales rep who snagged the first impression rose during (Monday's) Bachelorette premiere, has been promptly called out as a misogynistic, transphobic, anti-immigrant asshole whose opinions appear to be completely at odds with Becca’s #Resistance social media presence. Apparently, Surprise! That guy you really liked is alt-right! is the new Surprise! Your fiancé is dumping you for someone else on national TV!"
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Clint Eastwood is a fan of The Bachelor!?
Chris Harrison revealed on The Rich Eisen Show he once ran into the legendary filmmaker and actor, who told him: "I watch your show from time to time." Incidentally, Eastwood's son, Scott Eastwood, once appeared in a Bachelor spoof: "The Bachelor with Dogs."
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Sterling K. Brown's SNL episode was "almost great"
Source: The A.V. Club
Some fine actors flounder on SNL because the writers don't know what to do with them or they just aren't good at live TV. "As it turns out," says Dennis Perkins, "Brown is one of those actors whose dedication and talents (he’s an experienced theater actor) provide an irresistible focus for the show to build around." And Brown's stellar effort started with a superb monologue. "Now that’s how you do an SNL monologue," says Perkins. "Tight, anchored by the host’s strengths, and no musical numbers or audience questions. Sterling K. Brown came out and planted a flag ...The monologue is thankless. Standups have it best, but mainly because they can just do six minutes of their act in isolation from what has traditionally been the home of Saturday Night Live’s laziest ideas. (Which, okay, is saying something.) Doing jokes about his series This Is Us and its reputation for heavy-duty tearjerking might have been expected, but Brown’s commitment to replicating his character’s justifiably lauded penchant for emotionally devastating speeches made the whole monologue lift off and soar."
- SNL ratings slip to a season low with the This Is Us star as host
- SNL had Brown film a "Video Diary" throughout the week
- Brown nailed Ben Carson in hilarious This Is Us parody
- Chris Harrison praises SNL's The Bachelor spoof, starring Kate McKinnon as Robert Mueller
- Bill Hader reveals he was kicked out of Kate McKinnon's SNL audition for loudly laughing
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
The Bachelor would be better off if it dumped Chris Harrison
Harrison was 30 when The Bachelor premiered in 2002. He was about the same age as The Bachelors. But at age 46, Harrison has been struggling to keep up with his "host-as-pal" persona. He seems more concerned with The Bachelor franchise, and not The Bachelor himself -- or as Willa Paskin put in her review of Monday's finale, Harrison is "an emotional succubus posing as an empath.” Indeed, as Kathryn VanArendonk notes, Harrison is "a man whose onscreen personality has long since been scooped out and replaced with corporate-speak and a burning desire for better ratings and social-media engagement. He is a human-shaped instantiation of network notes." She adds that Harrison's approach to The Bachelor is stuck in 2002, and needs a shakeup. "His tone, his demeanor, and his transparent pleasure at hyping a calamitous breakup have become the embodied tone of The Bachelor," she says. "Outside, it’s all solicitous worry for the people involved. Inside, it’s a complete contempt for the softies who think maybe you shouldn’t, say, cast racist suitors for the first black Bachelorette. If Harrison is a puppet, what I’m arguing is that the strings are now way too visible."
- Harrison isn't worried about the criticism: "When people are angry, it just means they care...it means it struck a chord"
- Minnesota lawmaker drafts bill to ban Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the state
- ABC exec on Bachelor diversity: "We look at everything, and diversity is not only ethnicity, but also it’s the types of women that we had..."
- Arie on Bekah Martinez posting his DMs: "It shows her immaturity"
- Kelly Ripa doesn't think Arie and Lauren will make it 100 days
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Chris Harrison says Bachelor Arie critics will have their “mind blown,” promises Winter Games will be “the best television of the year”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Harrison said The Bachelor Winter Games is so good that there's talk about it becoming an annual event. Meanwhile, Harrison offered some comments for Bachelor viewers complaining about Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season. “If you are a critic of Arie’s season, I would tell you to wait. Just wait," he said, "and prepare to have your mind blown. It will be a phenomenal finish. If there are critics out there, then trust that it’s going to be phenomenal." ALSO: Meet The Bachelor Winter Games’ “athletes.”
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Chris Harrison refers to his 16-year-old son as “The Bachelor” since he is the same age as the show
Joshua Harrison was born shortly before The Bachelor franchise launched in 2002. His younger sister Taylor is 14 years old. “What's life been like for them?" Steve Harvey recently asked Harrison on his talk show. "It's been The Bachelor," Harrison replied, later adding: “I always say, 'The Bachelor's' driving now, it just got its license, and is a sophomore in high school now."
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire renewed for Season 17
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison will be back for the ABC syndicated game show, which has been picked up through 2019. ALSO: Viral video show RightThisMinute has also been renewed.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise star DeMario Jackson calls host Chris Harrison an “a**hole”
"Prior to the whole Corinne show, (Harrison) had a hard on for me as if like, I like, hooked up with his wife or something,” Jackson said on the podcast Rose Buds. “It was crazy. I met this guy three total times for less than 10 seconds and he legit hated – like, when I say hate, like deep-rooted.”
Posted Monday 9/11/17 at 3:14PM EDT
Miss Alabama would never want to be The Bachelorette
Miss Alabama Jessica Procter was asked on last night's Miss America Pageant if she would ever consider taking The Bachelorette job, since she’s a big fan. “All right, Chris. Don’t be offended,” she said to Chris Harrison, host of Miss America and The Bachelorette. “I don’t think I would take it. I don’t know. I love watching the show, it’s really entertaining, but it’s not always the best chances of staying with who you end up with on The Bachelor. “