The 18th season finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor” was one of the strangest in the show’s history, but longtime host Chris Harrison is setting the record straight on his feelings about the show’s controversial star, Juan Pablo Galavis.
On his March 11 blog for Entertainment Weekly, Harrison revealed that he’s not angry with Galavis for his behavior on the show or the live after-show, and said that it’s untrue that he dislikes the “Bachelor” star.
Harrison also defended Galavis’ intentions when he signed on to the show: “I truly believe Juan Pablo came into this season with those true intentions,” he wrote. “I also know that when we chose him we truly believed he had the qualities that would make him a great Bachelor.”
Unfortunately, something went awry early on and Galavis proved to be a poor fit for the reality romance series. Revealing that the process was “a struggle almost all the way through” for Juan Pablo, Harrison said that producers tried to help him embrace the opportunity.
“This has easily been the most polarizing season we’ve ever had,” Harrison wrote. “It’s never been my intention to defend or bury Juan Pablo. That’s not my job. My job all along was to help him try to find his way. “
The host also dished on the awkward “After the Final Rose” live show, which had Galavis refusing to say he was in love with his final pick, Nikki Ferrell.
"I know it was orchestrated by him to not say how he feels about Nikki,” Harrison said. “The only thing I can’t figure out is why? … I’m not sure what the endgame or goal was in not speaking about his feelings. I know it’s something Nikki was very uncomfortable with, but I think she really felt like she needed to support her man. I’m not sure when or where along the way Juan Pablo decided to fight this whole process, but he certainly did.”
In his only interview following the live show, Galavis told People, "You go on [The Bachelor] thinking if there is the connection, you propose. But I don't feel there's a need to propose to somebody if I don't feel 100 percent. I didn't know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more."