Does Chris Harrison, the good-looking, charismatic host of the popular marriage competition television show The Bachelor, know that Lifetime has a series about the behind-the-scenes of a popular marriage competition television show? You better believe he does.
Does Chris Harrison, the congenial front man of The Bachelorette, have a sense of humor? If I had to guess, based entirely on this recent interview, I would guess, no, he does not.
I ask, because Harrison, who has a lovely set of teeth, was asked about the Lifetime show—and weirdly, it turns out he’s not a fan.
“Really, the main difference that I’ve seen is that people watch ‘The Bachelor,’” Harrison told Variety when asked what he thinks about “UnReal” at “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All” taping earlier this month. “It’s complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails — they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it — at the end of the day, no one is watching. I mean, absolutely nobody is watching that show. Why? It is terrible. It is really terrible.”
(The Lifetime show, which was created by former The Bachelor producers, attracts about a tenth of The Bachelor’s audience but was just renewed for a second season. I think it’s pretty good, but what do I know?)
Still I can’t blame Harrison, who no one can deny is quick with a quip, because the character ostensibly based on him is very, very unflattering. Surely the real Chris Harrison has a better sense of humor than the “Chris Harrison” UnReal character.
Because Chris Harrison does like some things! Like total reverence:
While talking to Variety, Harrison acknowledged that he does admire some parodies such as those on “Saturday Night Live” or “The Tonight Show” because they validate the “Bachelor” franchise’s cultural impact.
“Validate me!!!” —Chris Harrison (not a real quote).