‘The Bachelor’: One of The Best (And Most Challenging) Parts of Chris Harrison’s Job

Chris Harrison: The Bachelor Whisperer.

Chris Harrison is a lot more than the host of a reality TV show. He’s a producer, a strategist, a businessman, a confidante, and a friend. Every Bachelor, Bachelorette, and contestant who’s a part of the Bach franchise seems to think distinctly highly of Harrison. Contestants often post pictures of him on their social sites, and refer to him as a close friend with pride both on and off the show.

Chris Harrison and the Bachelorettes | John Fleenor via Getty Images
Chris Harrison and the Bachelorettes | John Fleenor via Getty Images

It’s Chris Harrison’s job to read people

According to Harrison, acting as a makeshift psychologist is one of his favorite parts of hosting.  

“That’s one of the great things about being a host and a producer. You’re kind of a psychologist, figuring these people out, what makes them tick, how do we help them, how do we guide them, and it’s different for all of them,” he told ET.

Harrison’s ability to read and talk to the show’s star really came into play during Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor. Colton jumped an eight-foot fence to escape production. It was up to Harrison, mostly, to win him back.

“That’s where the relationship comes in. 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,” Harrison said.

‘They bring their own history, their own passion, their own issues’

Harrison says it’s crucial, getting to know each Bachelor and Bachelorette for who they really are.  

“I can’t treat Becca [Kufrin] like I treated Arie [Luyendyk Jr.] like I treated Colton. They’re so different. They bring their own history, their own passion, their own issues and baggage to all of this and so you… can’t produce them all the same, and I can’t treat them the same as the host,” he told ET in a separate interview.

Before Hannah Brown was decided on as the next Bachelorette, Harrison told ET that, no matter who was chosen, he was excited to get to know someone new.

“Whoever the next Bachelorette is, it’s going to be my job to get to know this woman: What makes her tick? What are her emotional buttons to push? And how can I help her? How can I facilitate this journey for her and help her find love?” he said.

There’d be no Bachelor without Chris Harrison. The show wouldn’t work if the star had no one to truly confide in. They’re cut off from their friends and family; they need someone to trust.

Read more: ‘The Bachelor’: Do Hannah G. and Colton Talk Anymore?

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