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    Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette': The Men Tell All

    by Chris Harrison

    I really wasn’t sure just how good this “Men Tell All” episode was going to be, mostly because I worried the guys were too buddy-buddy to give us any solid content. Oh how I was wrong! We shot this episode in a new, much bigger studio than the one we usually use. That meant we could fit even more fans in to see the show, which really helped crank up the atmosphere and excitement. I love hosting shows in front of a live studio audience.

    The sit-down interviews I did with Ali to start the show were a blast. These little post-game chats have become a tradition now, and I love doing them. We shoot them after the show has been wrapped, so everybody has had time to watch the show back and really reflect on what’s happened. Ali was obviously relaxed and in a good place, so it was fun to go back over everything that had happened. As for the scenes you didn’t get to see, well apparently Ali didn’t remember all of them, either. It was hysterical how she forgot the space-helmet bit. I loved that our producer Cassie had the footage up on her computer, and we just brought it into the interview. Ali and I were laughing our butts off on that one.

    We’ll hear much more from Frank next week when he appears with me on the “After the Final Rose” special, but it was very interesting to hear what the guys thought of him. I agreed with Craig R when he said this situation was very different than the Rated R situation. I look forward to talking to Frank next week because, honestly, I have more questions than answers right now: How did he and Nicole leave it when they broke up? When exactly did they break up? And what was their relationship when he came on the show? And that’s just for starters. Again, we’ll get all those answers next week on the “AFR” special.

    Kasey was a very good sport at the special. I found it funny how all the guys gave him such backhanded compliments. “Yeah, you’re completely crazy but I love ya.” The thing I really wanted to hear from Kasey was where all the “guard and protect your heart” stuff came from, because I knew it had something to do with his past. Kasey’s been hurt badly before and he really didn’t want to see that happen to Ali. Maybe he didn’t go about presenting it the right way, but to a certain extent, you have to respect his sincerity. As a non-tattoo guy, I still have to say I don’t get the tat! No amount of explanation convinces me that was a good idea. I loved when Kasey got up toward the end of the show and sang another song for Ali. He still can’t sing worth a damn, but I told him afterward if he had shown that kind of personality during the season, he probably would have stayed around longer.

    The segment with Kirk was the toughest by far. I could tell he really had strong feelings for Ali and was still a little hurt and confused as to what went wrong. It was also interesting to hear his take on Frank. If anybody got screwed by Frank’s selfishness, it was Kirk. I was glad he was honest about his feelings, saying even though he likes Frank as a person, he’s a little pissed he took that extra time away from him and Ali. It probably wouldn’t have made a difference in the end, but you never know, and that’s what bothered Kirk.

    I’m not sure I can say anything more about Justin that Craig R didn’t say himself. I will admit I was a bit surprised at just how much the guys dislike Justin as a person. I knew they didn’t respect what he did at all, but they really have a dislike for this guy. I wish you could’ve heard the uncensored version of this segment and heard everything that was said. It was brutal! I thought having Jessie on was good because it really opened up and explained in even more detail just how sinister this dude is and was on our show. It was really disgusting to learn about the two girlfriends that live just miles apart and hear about the text messages and lies.

    Overall we had a lot of fun taping the show, and as usual the biggest hit with the guys and the audience was the blooper reel. As I’ve said before, this group is as tight a group of guys as we’ve ever had on this show, and that made it really entertaining to shoot.

    Now the fun and games are over and next week is the season finale. I can’t wait for all of you to see exactly what went down in Bora Bora. We will have much to talk about next week. In the meantime, I have something for you to pass the time. The Bachelor video game is out for WII and Nintendo DS gaming systems. I got a copy of the game and had fun playing it with the family. Well, that is until my son got the final rose from Deanna and was asking me about the fantasy suite. That’s when I realized it’s not quite time to have that discussion yet. But seriously, the game is a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of the show. It will be perfect for those of you who get together in groups to watch our show. Yes, I’m there every step of the way to help you out.

    Oh, one last thing, mark your calendars: Bachelor Pad premieres Aug 9th on ABC, and as you saw in the sneak peak that we aired during the show, it is incredible. I love that show, it’s a lot of fun, and I really think you’ll love it too.

    Chris Harrison blogs ?The Bachelorette?: The Men Tell All | EW.com
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    It was also interesting to hear his take on Frank. If anybody got screwed by Frank’s selfishness, it was Kirk. I was glad he was honest about his feelings, saying even though he likes Frank as a person, he’s a little pissed he took that extra time away from him and Ali.
    This has always bugged me about the whole incident - I do not get how Frank was selfish. The only exception would be spending time over say Kirk - which yes I'll agree with but every says this.

    It's been well-known through this show - and obviously forgotten by even the host, that these men are at a free-will state. If they decide that the Bachelor(ette) is NOT for them at any time, they are allowed to walk away.

    In fact, it was mentioned in the first episode, at least usually that they can leave if they realize they do not have feelings for the person.

    And, I love how Harrison says Frank is selfish - but ALI did the same thing last year, she "selfishly" gave up Jake in order to keep her job. She too had a fallback and went with that fallback in the end (even if it was a dream job, she could've quit if she really had feelings for Jake).

    I'm not condoning Frank's timing by any means, but I find it less selfish for him to walk away instead of being in the final two, Ali proposing and him dumping her or worse, the Tahiti incident and she get dumped by him at the final rose ceremony.

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    Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' season finale | EW.com

    Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' Season Finale

    by Chris Harrison

    I’m so happy this season is finally over and you’ve all seen how it really ended — and how beautiful that ending really was. There were more rumors, wild stories, and supposed leaks this year than ever before. I’ve wanted to tell all of you just how great this season really was, but didn’t want to give anything away and ruin the ending. Why anybody would ever want to destroy the ending of a show for you, I’ll never understand. Some people just have this need to tear down what others create.

    I’ll be honest: Ali truly couldn’t have made a bad choice with her final two. Chris and Roberto are two of the finest men we’ve ever had on this show. Obviously in the end, Roberto was the right man for Ali. In true form this season, where rules are made to be broken, Ali took a bold step and let Chris go before their final date. I really respect Ali for doing this, and I know Chris does as well. Ali felt so much for Chris, respected him so much, that she didn’t want to lead him on any further when she was clearly one hundred percent in love with Roberto. While this was a respectful move, it was also a gamble. At this point, Ali was hoping for a proposal from Roberto, but she couldn’t be sure she would get one. This also changed things dramatically for the production. We not only lost a date that we would normally show you, but we also lost half of our proposal day. Like Ali, we never really know if there’s going to be a proposal until the bachelor gets down on one knee and pops the question. This is one reason I know this show is so compelling. When we’re taping that final day, we’re glued to our TV monitors just like you, waiting to see what happens.

    When Roberto got down on one knee and proposed to Ali, we all went nuts just like you and your friends probably did. I know Roberto looked a little hot and sweaty, but he had good reason. First of all, he was about to propose and that’s enough reason to make any man sweat. What’s more, Roberto arrived by boat, and while trying to jump to me on shore, he missed and went ankle deep into the ocean in his tux. We then had to climb straight up a mountain to get to Ali — scaling about 100 stairs in ninety-degree heat and ninety percent humidity. The climb was obviously well worth it considering the view from the top of that mountain overlooking all of Bora Bora.

    I have to admit I rather enjoyed not having a second guy in the mix for that final day. It meant that the day was going to be nothing but positive. I always hate that awkward meeting with the person who isn’t going to be chosen. By this point in the season, I know them very well and hate that they’re about to be hurt. So this time it was all good as Roberto was the only guy left, and I knew his feelings for Ali and vice versa. The only question remaining was whether there would be a proposal. It was a beautiful proposal, and I know these two truly love each other. I’ve seen Ali on several occasions and spent time with the two of them on the “After the Final Rose” set. They are incredibly happy and looking forward to moving in together and starting their new life together.

    Speaking of the AFR special, I want to talk about Frank and his non-appearance. Last week in this blog, I talked about looking forward to speaking to Frank. We intentionally kept Frank off the “Men Tell All” episode so we could do a more in-depth interview on AFR. I was incredibly disappointed to find out he decided on his own not to show up. I find myself and many others constantly having to apologize for and defend Frank. I can’t do that for him on this one. He could have very easily shown up to face Ali, step up, and own what he did. I hear he and Nicole are doing well, and I wish them all the happiness in the world. All the more reason he should have shown up and just owned what he had done and how he feels. I don’t think anybody can blame the guy for not loving Ali and falling back in love with another woman. The heart wants what it wants. But the true measure of a man is how you handle it.

    Next Monday night I hope you’ll join me for our new show Bachelor Pad. It’s everything a Bachelor fan could ever want and a little more. It’s fun, sexy, don’t-think-too-hard summer TV at its best. Sit back and enjoy! I want to put a bow on this season of the Bachelorette by thanking you, our fans, for once again making this franchise a huge success. And
    I want to say congratulations to Ali and Roberto: I wish you two all the best in your new life together.
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    Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' season finale | EW.com

    Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' Season Finale

    by Chris Harrison

    Iím so happy this season is finally over and youíve all seen how it really ended ó and how beautiful that ending really was. There were more rumors, wild stories, and supposed leaks this year than ever before. Iíve wanted to tell all of you just how great this season really was, but didnít want to give anything away and ruin the ending. Why anybody would ever want to destroy the ending of a show for you, Iíll never understand. Some people just have this need to tear down what others create.

    Iíll be honest: Ali truly couldnít have made a bad choice with her final two. Chris and Roberto are two of the finest men weíve ever had on this show. Obviously in the end, Roberto was the right man for Ali. In true form this season, where rules are made to be broken, Ali took a bold step and let Chris go before their final date. I really respect Ali for doing this, and I know Chris does as well. Ali felt so much for Chris, respected him so much, that she didnít want to lead him on any further when she was clearly one hundred percent in love with Roberto. While this was a respectful move, it was also a gamble. At this point, Ali was hoping for a proposal from Roberto, but she couldnít be sure she would get one. This also changed things dramatically for the production. We not only lost a date that we would normally show you, but we also lost half of our proposal day. Like Ali, we never really know if thereís going to be a proposal until the bachelor gets down on one knee and pops the question. This is one reason I know this show is so compelling. When weíre taping that final day, weíre glued to our TV monitors just like you, waiting to see what happens.

    When Roberto got down on one knee and proposed to Ali, we all went nuts just like you and your friends probably did. I know Roberto looked a little hot and sweaty, but he had good reason. First of all, he was about to propose and thatís enough reason to make any man sweat. Whatís more, Roberto arrived by boat, and while trying to jump to me on shore, he missed and went ankle deep into the ocean in his tux. We then had to climb straight up a mountain to get to Ali ó scaling about 100 stairs in ninety-degree heat and ninety percent humidity. The climb was obviously well worth it considering the view from the top of that mountain overlooking all of Bora Bora.

    I have to admit I rather enjoyed not having a second guy in the mix for that final day. It meant that the day was going to be nothing but positive. I always hate that awkward meeting with the person who isnít going to be chosen. By this point in the season, I know them very well and hate that theyíre about to be hurt. So this time it was all good as Roberto was the only guy left, and I knew his feelings for Ali and vice versa. The only question remaining was whether there would be a proposal. It was a beautiful proposal, and I know these two truly love each other. Iíve seen Ali on several occasions and spent time with the two of them on the ďAfter the Final RoseĒ set. They are incredibly happy and looking forward to moving in together and starting their new life together.

    Speaking of the AFR special, I want to talk about Frank and his non-appearance. Last week in this blog, I talked about looking forward to speaking to Frank. We intentionally kept Frank off the ďMen Tell AllĒ episode so we could do a more in-depth interview on AFR. I was incredibly disappointed to find out he decided on his own not to show up. I find myself and many others constantly having to apologize for and defend Frank. I canít do that for him on this one. He could have very easily shown up to face Ali, step up, and own what he did. I hear he and Nicole are doing well, and I wish them all the happiness in the world. All the more reason he should have shown up and just owned what he had done and how he feels. I donít think anybody can blame the guy for not loving Ali and falling back in love with another woman. The heart wants what it wants. But the true measure of a man is how you handle it.

    Next Monday night I hope youíll join me for our new show Bachelor Pad. Itís everything a Bachelor fan could ever want and a little more. Itís fun, sexy, donít-think-too-hard summer TV at its best. Sit back and enjoy! I want to put a bow on this season of the Bachelorette by thanking you, our fans, for once again making this franchise a huge success. And
    I want to say congratulations to Ali and Roberto: I wish you two all the best in your new life together.
    LOL! Sure, whatever. It's not like they didn't give away their own ending. Really, what kind of people WOULD do that?? It was a great ending, but he can't separate himself from the fact that the show spoiled much of the season themselves...including the ending.
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    If this is elsewhere, please fill me in - I just caught a bit of a summary type Bach & Bach'ette show on TV Guide channel. Just as I tuned it, they cut to a commercial but teased "who was the Bach" that Chris Harrison most respected.... or at least I thought that was the tease. Can anyone tell me who that was? I came back to it, but never saw anything other than the fisherman, the prince and the creepy dancing pilot. Who did he mention? Or did he? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fair Balancer;4031589;
    If this is elsewhere, please fill me in - I just caught a bit of a summary type Bach & Bach'ette show on TV Guide channel. Just as I tuned it, they cut to a commercial but teased "who was the Bach" that Chris Harrison most respected.... or at least I thought that was the tease. Can anyone tell me who that was? I came back to it, but never saw anything other than the fisherman, the prince and the creepy dancing pilot. Who did he mention? Or did he? Thanks.
    I would like to know that too. I googled for a bit, but no luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fair Balancer;4031589;
    If this is elsewhere, please fill me in - I just caught a bit of a summary type Bach & Bach'ette show on TV Guide channel. Just as I tuned it, they cut to a commercial but teased "who was the Bach" that Chris Harrison most respected.... or at least I thought that was the tease. Can anyone tell me who that was? I came back to it, but never saw anything other than the fisherman, the prince and the creepy dancing pilot. Who did he mention? Or did he? Thanks.
    I didn't see it but think it would have to be Andrew Firestone. He's still friends with him from things CH has said and attended Andrew's wedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albean99;4037089;
    I didn't see it but think it would have to be Andrew Firestone. He's still friends with him from things CH has said and attended Andrew's wedding.
    I was thinking the same thing when this was posted....that Andrew Firestone had to be his favorite bachelor.

    ETA - In the past, the Bachelor leads used to be men who - on paper, anyway - had an impressive background. Now they are re-treads who had a season-long screen test. (Not that I will mind seeing Chris' abs if he accepts the offer to be the B.) Considering that Blob is MF's "hero" because of the number of b'ettes he bedded, it seems that having a pedigree coming into the show is far less important than bringing in known ratings. It is, after all, a business decision on who to cast and which drama to portray.

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