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Chris Harrison says chubby guys need not apply to be on ‘The Bachelor’

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Chris Harrison attends the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Longtime TV host Chris Harrison doesn’t think there will be a gay “Bachelor” star any time soon, and he definitely doesn’t want to see any guys with excess belly flab starring on the show. According to a March 4 report by E! News, the longtime emcee of “The Bachelor” recently revealed that casting a gay lead for the show probably wouldn’t be the best business decision for the long running ABC franchise.

While he reiterated that he’s “100 percent for equality and for gay marriage,” the 42-year old host made it clear that his job is to produce a hit show, and not “break barriers.”

Harrison also made it clear that he definitely doesn’t want to see overweight guys on the show. In an interview with the New York Times, he said, "You know why? Because that's not attractive, and television is a very visual medium, and I know that sounds horrible to say, but I know that at 42, in the eyes of television, I'm old and unattractive. Sure, I can put a suit and tie on, but I have hair on my chest and I don't have a 12-pack. I live a healthy life, but I don't do eight hours in the gym, nor do I want to."

Current “Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis recently came under fire for remarks he made to The TV Page about the possibility of a gay or bisexual “Bachelor” star. Galavis denounced the idea, referring to gays as “more pervert in a sense,” and saying, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.”

Later, the Spanish speaking soccer player posted an apology on his Facebook page, explaining that he didn’t use the word “pervert” correctly.

“The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it,” he explained. “Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself. What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. “

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