"I think people have found him attractive and interesting, but a bit of an enigma so we're finally revealing who he is and people are really going to fall for him," Harrison toldTV Guide in an interview.
"Until now, we were left to try to figure out if he was a superficial, perfect looking guy who's saying the right thing and now we see this guy has major depth and a lot of things going on, and it's all very impressive. Des was just blown away."
Harrison said Hartsock was not only into Kenney's looks and depth, but she loved the way he spontaneously pressed her against a wall and madeout with her.
"You could see her eyes get excited and think, 'Oh, thank God.' She really relished those moments of kissing and getting more physical and then when he really took her away and did the manly move of throwing her against the wall, she was like, 'This is good.'" Harrison explained, adding that he told Hartsock about his issues with James Case at the perfect time.
"When he did it, if he was going to do it at all, was smart. I kind of thought that things went so well for him, why do it at all? But it's really hard to tell just how offended these guys are, and watching, it's hard to understand why. To the guys' defense, good for them for being so protective and being so into the process, but it's easy to think, 'Really? Is it that big of a deal?'"
After hearing both sides to the story, Harrison is apparently confused over what's the truth and whether in fact Case did anything wrong when reflecting on the suitor's comment about becoming the next Bachelor and hanging with Mikey Tenerelli and other girls in Chicago after the show.
"When you hear the guys going off, you understand, like, 'Yes, that wasn't cool.' But when you hear James defending himself and talking to Des, you think he didn't do anything wrong. So you're not sure where the truth really lies and the more I look at it the more I think, 'OK, did he say some of these things?' Probably. Would he have said it to Des? No," the host began.
"And he said it to Mikey, who was already checked out, bro-ing up and talking big, and I could see James either being serious or just trying to pacify Mikey, like, 'Yeah, yeah, maybe I'll be The Bachelor.' It's guy talk. Des was almost a little perturbed, like, 'Why did you throw this on my plate?'"
Added Harrison, "I think the guys should've gone to James first and said, 'Hey buddy, why did you say these things? We're a little offended.' And if James had been more understanding, he could've said, 'I was just talking crap with Mikey, not a big deal, I like Des a lot and I apologize.' Then it would've been a moot point. Part of what made me believe James was how adamant he was and the emotion he got with Des. Is he that big of a salesman that he could bring up tears? I don't think he's that good of an actor."
In addition to Case's ouster, Harrison believes Hartsock sent the right guys home in Kasey Stewart and Juan Pablo Galavis.
"It surprised me that three people were going home. We never show this, but the guys don't know how many are going home at each rose ceremony. They find out when they walk in the room and see how many roses are there. This time I was standing there when we started and you saw their eyes, like, 'Half of us are going home,'" Harrison explained.
"The number is really up to the Bachelor or Bachelorette. We need a certain number of people to carry on, but she could've cut more next week it's really up to her. Kasey was a guy she was never in that zone with. Juan Pablo was probably the only surprise because there was an attraction, but when you see the other relationships, they don't compare. And James just had to go. Whether he was sabotaged or not, it just wasn't going to work. Definitely wise choices."
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