‘The Bachelorette’: Chris Harrison Says This Season Is Trying Something Different

The Bachelor first aired back in 2002, The Bachelorette in 2003. Since the show’s inception, not a whole lot has changed. The gist is still very much the same: a group of people competes for one person’s love, drama ensues.

Now that we’re on season 15 of The Bachelorette are producers finally going to switch things up? Chris Harrison seems to be in the if it’s not broke don’t fix it state of mind, but is willing to try new things here and there.

Hannah Brown and a contestant | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images
Hannah Brown and a contestant | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

“We never think, ‘Ok, it’s been 15 seasons, let’s reinvent the wheel and completely tear up this formula.’ Because the formula works and the show works, and it works for a reason. But what we do every year is ask, ‘What can we do that’s different? Let’s throw out ideas.’ And there are a million of them. Some ideas might have come up years ago and we just never did it, or it never fit for that particular person and we bring it back up,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.   

ABC is trying new things because Hannah Brown is a different kind of Bachelorette

When THR asked Chris Harrison “Why now?” he said it’s because Hannah Brown is a different kind of Bachelorette.

“We always want to keep it fresh and change it up, but that’s also the genius of having a different Bachelor or Bachelorette. The season is always going to have its own little spin and feel that’s going to be uniquely different. Hannah’s not like past Bachelorettes Becca [Kufrin] or Rachel [Lindsay]. She’s going to be a completely different season.”

The first twist

By now everyone knows that former Bachelor contestants Demi Burnett and Katie Morton are making appearances during Hannah Brown’s first night at the mansion. They’re supposedly helping the Bachelorette to “spy” on the men, complete with a surveillance van and everything.  

Chris Harrison says the decision was ultimately made not only because it was fun and entertaining, but because the women were intended to help make Hannah Brown feel comfortable.

“Hannah was good friends with them so there was specifically a reason for them to be there. It was something we had trouble thinking about how we were going to tackle and wrap our heads around. So we thought, ‘Let’s bring in two of her friends who will have her back and be there for her.’ It was a really good change and a good mix,” he said. “Is it something we’ll do again? Who knows. It’s only when the opportunity arises and it makes sense.”

Here’s hoping there’ll be a few more Bama-tailored twists this season.

Read more: ‘The Bachelorette’: Some Franchise Alums Are Already Tearing Hannah Brown Apart, Others Stand Up For Her

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