For 15 years, longtime Bachelor and Bachelorette host, Chris Harrison, has worked closely and tirelessly alongside the season leads to help them find love.
For Harrison, this meant navigating an eclectic and all-encompassing range of personalities (which includes past and present winners, finalists and villains), but there’s one particular Bachelor that stands out… for all the wrong reasons.
The personality, who’s hosted 21 seasons of The Bachelor and 13 seasons of The Bachelorette, revealed his least favorite lead while co-hosting Live with Kelly on Friday, February 17. “Over 15 years, 30-some odd people that have been through this show, there are people I get along with better than others. And then some that we just meld with,” Harrison told Kelly Ripa.
After thoughtfully considering what to say next, Harrison then noted to Ripa that she was actually pals-by-association with this particular offender.
“You’re friends with his brother, he comes on here: Jerry O’Connell,” he continued. “His brother, Charlie, was our Bachelor. I love Jerry, and I actually love Charlie, but Charlie and I — he was just east coast, me southern kid — it was like oil and water. We just didn’t get along.”
Indeed, Charlie O’Connell tackled the role of season 7 Bachelor back in 2005. “Self-admittedly, he was at a difficult point in his life… a little tumultuous,” Harrison recalled. “He’s come back from that, thankfully, but yeah, we just didn’t really spend any time together.”
Harrison and Bachelor execs sent the internet into a frenzy last Monday after prematurely announcing the next Bachelorette—prior to Nick Viall’s season even ending. The host (who previously apologized for the decision) told Ripa on Friday that they had a very good reason behind the early announcement.
“We named her ‘the Bachelorette’ early because weird TV calendar stuff is that The Bachelor runs right up to when we start taping The Bachelorette,” he explained. “Like, we’re talking days and we’re done. And she goes further in the show and we’re like, ‘Well we need to let everybody know that Rachel’s our Bachelorette. We would like to cast the show for her.’ We cast all year long, but like we did with Nick, it’s easier with The Bachelor because the calendar is different leading into it. But we wanted everyone to know it’s Nick so we can find people that really want to be with Nick.”
Rachel Lindsay, ABC’s first-ever black lead, is currently in the final four on Viall’s season of The Bachelor. “So we want to cast the show for Rachel, but we can’t do that in two days,” he shared.
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