'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison: Rozlyn Papa's comment classless
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/23/2010
Chris Harrison feels Rozlyn Papa showed her true character during last night's The Bachelor: The Women Tell All when she accused the host of previously hitting on fired show producer Ryan Callahan's now-former wife in New Zealand.
"It was a classless, tactless thing, my wife was in the front row listening to it, [but] I'm a big boy, I can take it," Harrison told TVGuide.com. "She wants attention."
Despite Papa's accusation that Harrison hit on Callahan's ex-wife, The Bachelor host said she keeps changing her story.
"She went on the Ryan Seacrest [radio] show yesterday and accused me of being gay. I hit on this woman in New Zealand, but at the same time I'm gay?" he told TVGuide.com.
"She speaks for herself, the type of person she is, the type of tact and class. As far as Rozlyn and the whole situation, the good news is, I'm done with it."
Papa has maintained her relationship with Callahan was not sexual nor even romantic and directly denied new accusations that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with the former producer during last night's TheWomen Tell All special.
"Part of me isn't surprised at all that she's just going to go down with the ship," Harrison told TVGuide.com when asked if he was surprised about Papa's denial of the new allegations.
"Someone mentioned, why did you have the girls attack her, not you? Well I didn't see her, I was never a part of this, I don't live with the girls, I'm not around the house, but the girls saw it. Those weren't accusations, they were eyewitness accounts, so I wanted the girls to air everything out because I thought it would validate everything."
In addition, Harrison said it was his decision to not edit Papa's accusation that he hit on Calahan's ex-wife out of TheWomen Tell All special.
"We showed you everything and that was really my doing," he told TVGuide.com.
"The producers asked, 'Are you good with everything?' and I said, 'Yeah, I want to show everything,' because I don't want to come on and say, yes, she took a swipe at me and a swipe at my family, but we didn't want to show it out of respect. Out of respect for who? It happened, so it's part of the show."
Harrison also said it's not like Papa "broke any laws" and that she simply "hooked up with a producer."
"I hope they go off and have a million babies together and live happily ever after. We just can't have it on our show," he told TVGuide.com.
"I was trying to explain it to her, and she uses her child as a human shield, or she'll throw out an attack like she did on [Ella Nolan] to try to deflect and then change the subject. I live with an 8 and a 6-year-old so I'm not apt to fall for the schoolyard tactics. When she said what she said, it was for a reason last night."