'The Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Defends His Decision to Question Contestant Casey
"I think it’s just so easy for people to make things black and white, and nothing is that simple when it comes to anything, especially relationships," the host said in defense of controversial contestant Courtney.
On Monday’s episode of The Bachelor, Chris Harrison made a surprise visit to the women, pulling Casey S. aside.
“Chris Harrison shows up only when something strange is going on,” said one of the other women vying for Ben Flajnik’s heart.
Harrison’s decision to approach Casey S. about her ex-boyfriend that she may not be over was questioned by many viewers. Was she breaking any rules? Not really. But was she really committed to men? Not really.
Viewers also brought up that Harrison hadn’t stepped in on Bentley during Ashley Hebert’s Bachelorette season, even though Bentley spent most of his time on the show insulting the bachelorette.
“That’s really the reason why I did it, and why we did it. Because of those situations. I thought with Bentley, and I’ve said this several times, but it’s worth repeating, I should have gone a little further and I regretted not going a little bit further and telling [Ashley] even more,” Harrison said during a call with reporters.
“The Casey S. situation was completely different,” he added. “She had no ulterior motives and in fact her motives were quite innocent.” After Harrison approached Casey, she admitted that she had been in a serious relationship, but had broken it off because the man didn’t want to get married. However, she also admitted that she wasn’t over him.
When Chris brought Casey to Flajnik to break the news, Flajnik was quick to dismiss Casey and send her home.
“My guess just knowing him is that he will have a little regret in how he handled that,” said Harrison. “That situation was literally thrust upon him. We showed up and knocked on his door out of nowhere and he’s hit with this information.”
“Had he had a chance to watch it again, and you know, rewind, he would probably would be a little more affectionate and a little bit more giving to her,” said Harrison, who added that he has seen Flajnik several times since the show aired.
Another contestant getting plenty of screen time -- and private time with Ben -- is the model Courtney. She’s criticized by the other women for being so aggressive and sexual with the bachelor. If there’s anyone who’s being painted as a villain this season, it would be the skinny-dipping, game-playing Courtney.
“I think it’s just so easy for people to make things black and white, and nothing is that simple when it comes to anything, especially relationships,” said Harrison.
“Love is a game. What you do at a bar on Friday night or at Church on Sunday or wherever you go to find love, there’s a certain game element to it. And if you don’t think so, you’re probably not in the right game,” added Harrison.
Harrison was quick to defend Courtney, who he said plays a certain type of game that she’s probably be playing her whole life. “It’s not just to win, and it’s not just to play a game for her, I think she does have feeling for Ben. I think she very, very much cares for him,” he added.
Harrison says he’s talked to Flajnik several times since the show wrapped. “He’s doing great,” said Harrison. “We rarely talk about what’s in the magazines or what’s in the tabloids and all that, and I rarely get involved in that either because I know the truth – I know what’s really going on,” said Harrison.
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