While Girardi is rumored to be the woman Pavelka did select when the show's finale was filmed late last year, Harrison said he's "surprised that [Jake] kept her around."
"I even asked him, 'Really? Why?' Every time I asked him about Vienna he said, 'I know that the other girls don't love her, but I see a side in her that they don't, and I'm not going to let the cattiness and the competitiveness ruin what I have with her. And what I have with her is real,'" Harrison recalled to E! News.
"I have to give the guy credit to have the balls to go against what everybody's saying."
Harrison also reiterated his previous comments that Girardi "has a bit of a bad rep" and isn't actually as bad as she has appeared on TV.
"I don't think Vienna is the devil that she's made out to be," he told E! News. "I'm not going to completely absolve her, but I think the real Vienna, I think there's a mix. I think I would go somewhere between the Vienna we saw in the house and then the very warm, touching, vulnerable Vienna that we saw in her hometown."