'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison: I don't understand why Colton Underwood just didn't ask the girls who wasn't ready!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/18/2019
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison believes Colton Underwood could have averted a crisis by asking a few of his concerned bachelorettes -- who had issued nonspecific warnings about women not being ready for an engagement -- a simple question.
"The end of this season, there's a lot going on," Harrison toldEntertainment Tonight.
"Fans watched [Colton] freak out at the end of Monday's episode after a third woman told him that a contestant still remaining in the competition wasn't ready for marriage. Instead of asking her who she was talking about, he stormed off."
As The Bachelor viewers saw on last week's Season 23 episode, Demi Burnett, Katie Morton and Sydney Lotuaco all warned Colton before exiting the show he needed to carefully weed out the marriage-material women from his remaining bachelorettes, some of whom were not taking the process seriously enough.
Sydney, for instance, told Colton to avoid "shiny things" and focus on the wonderful women who seemed mature enough for a commitment.
Based on the friends Sydney made in the house, she seemingly believed Tayshia Adams and Kirpa Sudick were good choices for Colton.
"It's funny to me that he never said, 'Hey, Sydney or Demi or whoever, who are you talking about? Like, help a brother out. You're leaving, so it doesn't matter. Burn Rome down, let me know what's going on.'"
Harrison is apparently frustrated Colton didn't try to get to the bottom of things and demand answers from the bachelorettes who doubted their competition and expressed general concern.
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"He never asked for that, which is very odd to me. That would be the first question I would ask," Harrison shared. "Or is it sour grapes at the girls, they're just bitter that they're leaving?"
The Bachelor producers have therefore come under fire at times for not sharing such information with a season's leading man or woman.
"One thing I will say -- and this happens for The Bachelor, and it happens for the women -- you don't know what's going on. You don't know what's going on with [Caelynn Miller-Keyes] or Cassie or Hannah B. or Hannah G.," Harrison explained.
"You don't know what's going on with their relationships, and you kind of have to understand that when you watch the show later, a lot of times, when you come back to the Women Tell All, you're like, 'Oh, I see it now. I didn't get to see that date. Now I see the love, I see the affection, and I realize, my relationship I thought was good, was nothing compared to theirs.' So it does help them to watch the show back."
That moment of realization for a cast member is "partially why I don't tell [the cast] a lot of things," Harrison reasoned.
"People go, 'Why didn't you warn them?' The reason I don't is because that is real life," the host continued. "You need to figure things out for yourself. Colton needs to find out who is there for the quote-unquote right reasons."
The Bachelor is heading into its next episode on Monday, February 18 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, and seven women are still in the running to win Colton's heart and final rose.