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Chris Harrison on whether Juan Pablo Galavis is a 'Bachelor' letdown

Juan Pablo Galavis has attracted quite a bit of controversy and criticism since he became the star of "The Bachelor." In addition to his comments about how a gay man shouldn't be on the show, he's been accused of hypocrisy because of his habit of kissing one woman one minute and then using his daughter as his reason for not wanting to kiss with another women the next. Then he was dumped by one of his favorites, Sharleen Joynt, for basically not being smart enough for her. In an interview with E! News, posted on Thursday, Feb. 20, the show's host, Chris Harrison, addressed whether Juan Pablo has been a letdown as the Bachelor.

Juan Pablo Galavis attends the Disney ABC Television Group's 2014 winter TCA party held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 17, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

Always the diplomat, Chris said that no one could live up to the hype, not even Juan Pablo himself.

"I don't think you can live up to [the kind of hype he had]. We've had some popular choices…there was Sean [Lowe], but I don't know, there was just this fever for Juan Pablo. It really was this bizarre groundswell of support and love, so I don't know if you could ever do anything but fall a little bit short of that," he said.

He added that Juan Pablo hasn't changed any from when people first met him on "The Bachelorette."

Chris Harrison has admitted before that he wasn't sure if Juan Pablo was the right man for the starring role. In an interview with TV Guide in January, he said that he was hesitant because of Juan Pablo's different culture and the fact that he has a daughter. Chris also said that he's not sure “if [Juan Pablo] fully did” give in to the process, a hint that things don't end up well for the Venezuelan heartthrob.

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