The Bachelor without Chris Harrison is like The Bachelor without its iconic rose ceremony. Harrison has been as constant as the drama on the show. But while Harrison is a fixture of the reality competition, he often takes a background role, making the host somewhat of a mystery to fans. Let’s take a look at The Bachelor‘s leading man.
Harrison only had two other credits to his name before he began The Bachelor in 2002. In 2000, Harrison hosted Mall Masters, a quiz show that takes place in the Mall of America. According to IMBD, the show produced 65 episodes. After Mall Masters, Harrison hosted The Quarters, a show about horse betting. In 2001, Harrison guest starred on Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a, you guessed it, television host.
Harrison is King of the ‘Bachelor’ empire
Over the years, The Bachelor has evolved into a cultural phenomenon. The hit show has produced numerous spin-offs, including, The Bachelorette, The Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, Bachelor Live, and The Bachelor Winter Games. Harrison has hosted all versions of the show.
Harrison began hosting the franchise in 2002. He has been in the middle of all the drama since the very beginning. Though sometimes he gets a little nudging from producers about what to ask the contestants, viewers can always count on Harrison to ask the tough questions and be a supportive ear.
Over his tenure, Harrison has been a part of over 380 rose ceremonies, witnessed 37 proposals, and even officiated a couple Bachelor weddings. He’s been there for the tears, the screaming, and many unexpected twists and turns.
Fans became worried that Harrison was leaving the franchise when the show did a tribute to Harrison during its season 23 premiere. But Harrison assured fans that he’s not going anywhere, telling Entertainment Tonight, “Rest assured Bachelor Nation, I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying in my spot as host of The Bachelor. I love what I do. If you couldn’t tell by my smile and emotion last night, I love what I do. I love this show. I love this franchise. It’s my baby, so I’m not going anywhere for the foreseeable future.”
Other hosting gigs
In 2014, Harrison took over as host of the popular game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Harrison joined the show in its fifteenth season. He continued to host The Bachelor while filming the daytime syndication.
Harrison is a highly sought after host. In 2004 he hosted the Miss America Pageant. He went on to host the beauty competition nine times. The host also keeps busy during award show season. He hosted Emmy’s Red Carpet Live in 2012, American Music Awards Red Carpet in 2011, and 2008 American Music Awards Live! He also hosted the championship rounds of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Harrison married his college sweetheart, Gwen Jones in 1993. The couple divorced in 2012. Harrison has two children with Jones, son Joshua, and daughter Taylor. According to ABC, he loves the outdoors and likes to spend his time playing soccer and golf.
What is Chris Harrison’s net worth?
The Bachelor is one of the best performing shows for ABC. As such, Harrison is able to demand a pretty generous salary. A 2011 TV Guide report stated that the host made about $60,000 per episode of the Bachelor. Celebrity Net Worth now reports that he makes $8 million per year. In addition to his Bachelor income, Harrison also pulls in money from Millionaire. In 2015, Harrison authored a romance novel, The Perfect Letter. He has also made guest appearances on many popular TV shows including The Practice and Six Feet Under. All said and done, Harrison’s estimated net worth is $16 million.