Why Chris Harrison Actually Loves That Colton Underwood Wanted to Quit ‘The Bachelor’

Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor was dramatic. When he professed his love (about two episodes early) to the woman he wanted to give his final rose to, she responded by leaving the show. In an emotional explosion, Underwood jumped an eight-foot fence to escape production. He quit the show; he was done. The only reason he came back was to break up with the remaining two contestants, Hannah Godwin and Tayshia Adams.

Chris Harrison and Colton Underwood | Eric McCandless via Getty Images
Chris Harrison and Colton Underwood | Eric McCandless via Getty Images

The show’s host, Chris Harrison, says wanting to leave the show is more common than the viewer may think–Underwood’s just the only one who’s been athletic enough to successfully escape.  

“I mean, it happens a lot. It happens more than you think,” Harrison told ET. “There’s varying degrees of it, there’s varying degrees of getting fed up in how you express your anger, in how you express your emotions. He happens to be the most athletic SOB we’ve ever had, so he was able to express it like an Olympian [by jumping over a fence and quitting], but they all get there.”

Chris Harrison loves that Colton Underwood wanted to quit ‘The Bachelor’

Sure, Underwood’s dramatic exit was great for ratings, but Harrison also said that it showed that he truly cared.  

“This is their life, and I know it’s entertainment, and I know we’re shooting a show, but this really is their life,”  he told ET. “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. And when they feel like they’re losing control, they fight for it back. And Colton was fighting for it, and kudos to him. I like that. I like to see the fight.”

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Harrison went so far as to say that there’s a problem when the Bachelor or Bachelorette doesn’t have any moments of frustration, saying that those who don’t are “apathetic.”

“You should care. This is your life. This is hopefully the woman of your dreams and somebody you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. You should care about that. You should want to fight for that, you should want to leap over a fence for that,” he said. “That’s kind of where he was. He was, when push came to shove, he was ready to push back.”

Chris Harrison likes a challenge

Harrison told ET that he likes a headstrong Bachelor/Bachelorette. It’s part of his job to figure out how to most effectively communicate with the season’s star. Underwood was a tough nut to crack for his season’s production team, but Harrison says he liked the challenge. When you think about how many seasons Harrison’s hosted–many of them probably start to feel the same. It must have been thrilling for him to handle something different from the norm.

“He had a rough patch, and we all kind of had to get him through that if we wanted to make this successful. And he didn’t make it easy on us,” he told ET in a different interview. “At times, he challenged us, which I love.”

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