‘The Bachelor’ Host Chris Harrison Received This 1 Piece of Advice from ‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst

It’s hard for fans to imagine Chris Harrison being nervous about filming The Bachelor. However, when he was hired for the role, he had no idea what to do. Before filming season 1, he asked Survivor host Jeff Probst for advice. 

'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison
‘The Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison | John Fleenor via Getty Images

Chris Harrison almost didn’t get the job as host of ‘The Bachelor’

When The Bachelor creator, Mike Fleiss, first met Chris Harrison, he didn’t like him at all. 

“We hated each other,” Harrison explained to The Cut. “It was a five-minute meeting that I was told would take an hour.” 

After the meeting, Fleiss hired someone else. However, no one will admit who was initially cast for the host of The Bachelor. Fans cannot imagine the franchise with anyone else in the role. Two weeks later, the producer changed his mind.

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“It’s funny,” Harrison explains of the second meeting. “Mike Fleiss walked out of his office and yelled across the room, ‘Harrison, you were F-ing terrible in our first meeting, but I hear you’re a good guy. Let’s do this again.’ And I did it, and we hit it off, and we’ve been best friends ever since.”

What advice did ‘Survivor’ host Jeff Probst give to Harrison?

As production for The Bachelor Season 1 began, Chris Harrison was becoming more and more nervous. He didn’t know what he was supposed to do in between his lines. When he ran into Survivor host Jeff Probst at a charity event, he didn’t hesitate to ask him for advice. 

“He said, ‘You’re going to find your place. You’ve got to figure out your little thing in this.'” Harrison explained to the outlet. 

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It wasn’t earth-shattering advice, but it helped give Harrison a direction. In that first season, he delivered his scripted lines as planned. However, as the franchise grew, Harrison found his place. 

Now he is a mentor for The Bachelor or The Bachelorette lead. He mediates conflicts, and Harrison is an executive producer on the show.

Did ‘The Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison come up with the iconic lines — ‘most dramatic ever’?

“It’s the most dramatic season ever,” Chris Harrison tells fans every time The Bachelor brings in a new lead. 

It’s hard to believe that Harrison was not the one to develop the iconic lines that come so freely out of his mouth.

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“That was Mike Fleiss one hundred percent,” the host admits. “Mike has this thing where he would put stuff in a show almost to annoy people and writers and critics until the point where they would write a story, and people would talk about it.”

The creator wanted Harrison to push the lines so much that it became a thing. Fleiss certainly got his way in that respect.