‘The Bachelor’: Chris Harrison Reveals What Happened After Colton Underwood Tried to Leave the Show

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Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor has already been pretty dramatic. For example, there was drama between two beauty pageant contestants from their time before the show. The drama really gets to Underwood to where he tried to leave the show. This is what happened afterward according to Chris Harrison.

Chris Harrison said he calmly went after Colton Underwood after he jumped the fence

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Fans knew that things get heated this season because Colton Underwood is seen jumping a fence in the promo for the season. Chris Harrison revealed what it was like to watch the former football player do that.

It was like a gazelle being chased by a cheetah, and in this case, I would have been the cheetah chasing Colton, and he leapt that fence and was gone,” Harrison told Entertainment Tonight.

So what did he do next? He said he “calmly pushed the button and opened the fence.” But “Colton, he was done. He was done with this moment and ready to get away, and he took this fence.”

He said relationships between Underwood and producers is what saved the show

One thing that is typically kept off the show is that producers get really close to the star and contestants in order for them to open up. So when Underwood left they all came together with Harrison to get Underwood to come back.

“That’s where the relationship comes in,” said Harrison. “That’s where the work that the producers and I have done over the years and getting to know Colton and getting to talk to him… it’s not just some random guy coming up and saying, ‘Dude, let’s talk about this.’ It’s me, it’s our producers. And he knows that deep down, we care as much, if not more, than he does about all this.”

Although relationships might help the stars stick around, they also can push them to leave. Harrison previously hinted that he maybe the reason why Underwood jumped in the first place.

There’s a lot to be said about the fence-hopping scene,” he told Us Weekly. “I was approximately ten yards behind him when it happened. I may or may not have been the reason that he hopped the fence.”

The host also revealed that Underwood may be one of the few that tried to escape the show on camera. But he’s hardly the first who thought about quitting.

Multiple stars of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette threatened to quit before

Harrison revealed that talking stars into staying is part of the job. “They all kind of get to a pushing point where it’s so serious for them that they just want things to stay on course,” revealed Harrison. “And when they feel like they’re losing control, they fight for it back.”

He named one of the former stars that was pushed to that point. “I remember, Rachel [Lindsay] is someone who comes to mind, who was unbelievably headstrong,” he said. “Being a lawyer, I think she was just more authoritative and more articulate about it. And while she’s also athletic, she kind of expressed [her frustration] in different ways.”

In the end, Underwood does finish his season of The Bachelor because producers were able to convince him to stay. Underwood may be the first star to escape the crew temporarily, but he’s not the first to threaten to quit.

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