Chris Harrison talks about his initial reaction and how it all went down when Hannah Brown showed up on The Bachelor.
“First of all, it was supposed to just be kind of a sweet, sincere, ‘I want to give you your wings back’ (moment),” Chris said at the Television Critics Association.
“And then it was supposed to be fun and light for her to come back on the date. We did not intend on (them) really sitting down and having a talk. But then it all really dissolved into what you saw, this gut-wrenching, raw emotional talk.”
“It’s riveting. When I was watching it, when we were there, it wasn’t intended. We didn’t know it was going to happen, and I always take the cues from the control room.
When I’m sitting in a control room, and I”m looking around—and we’ve all been doing this a long time—and we are riveted, and we are speechless, sometimes we have tears in our eyes, that’s when I know the formula still works and this concept still works, and we’re onto something,” he adds.
“I looked around the room during that conversation and you could have heard a pin drop,” he continued. “Nobody was saying anything, no one was talking about what we need to do next.”
“It was all just let this go, stay away, because you can’t write those moments. You can’t script it. It was not intended. We didn’t mean for that to go that way and then it did and it was spectacular.”
Chris also thought The Bachelor would end with Hannah’s return.
“The show could end at any moment for us. It’s unpredictable. It’s out of our control. And that’s a terrible way to do television. It’s really dumb! But sometimes it lends itself to great TV.”