During Monday night's The Women Tell All special on ABC, within moments of the cameras shooting, Nilsson broke down into tears and had trouble composing herself. She clearly still isn't over the show's star Chris Soules, and to make matters worse, the girls came at her with insults and accusations.
"Usually, we ease into these shows and throw some softball questions and I figured I would go to [Ashley Salter] or [Carly Waddell] maybe, but I looked out and saw Britt was already crying! So there was no easing into this, it was an abrupt car crash. I was going to bring Britt up later, but I thought, 'May as well do it now and rip the band-aid off,'" Harrison toldTV Guide in a recent interview.
"I know the emotions are there when shooting, but often by the time we get to the Tell All some of them have boyfriends or are even engaged, or have moved on. I felt this Women Tell All was still raw and people were still very affected. I thought at one point Britt would be like, 'I still love you. Take me back!'"
Previously-eliminated bachelorette Jillian Anderson stood up for Nilsson, yelling at Waddell for having thrown Nilsson under the bus this season by suggesting to Soules she was fake and disingenuous. Anderson called Nilsson one of the sweetest, purest and most positive people she's ever met.
"I don't know if it was Jillian wanting her five seconds of fame or she really loves Britt that much, but like I said, 'You need to simmer down. You're scaring the people and the children.' Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand all the hatred from the women towards Britt. What I see is jealousy," Harrison said.
"I get she was probably playing the game a bit and was being strategic and you say things to other people that you probably wouldn't to Chris, but there was nothing that damming that you thought, 'Thank God Carly stepped up and let Chris know such horrible things.' There was nothing that bad she said or did."
He continued, "I think she got the first impression rose and had a massive target on her back and there were some comments where she wasn't that flattering about Arlington, but I never saw why they could be so angry at her."
Harrison also wanted to clear up how Nilsson initially blamed Waddell for her failed relationship with Soules. Nilsson seemed convinced the Bachelor only dumped her after hearing Waddell's claims.
"[Britt] was hanging everything on Carly and that just wasn't the case. She needs to look in the mirror a little more to see what went wrong with the relationship. Yes, Carly did her part to sabotage it and it didn't help, but it was the way Britt acted under the pressure and the situation she put Chris in. It said a lot about her and the type of girlfriend or wife she'd be and that was not attractive to Chris," Harrison explained.
"I'm sure in relationships she's the only one and the star, which she should be, that's how it usually works. But here you have to swallow your pride and be understanding and be there for somebody else. In this situation, you're going to be tested, and she failed."
When reflecting on some of the other storylines from The Women Tell All, Harrison pointed out that Kelsey Poe didn't change much.
"I feel like after people come on the show, especially for the Tell All, that I know them a lot better. I never get the impression that I know Kelsey or I'm seeing the true Kelsey. I don't mean to say she's fake, but I never felt like she opened up to me or the show. I found everything calculated or planned out and that's not to say what she said wasn't real, but it comes off disingenuous at times,"The Bachelor host told TV Guide.
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"I think she's often misunderstood and the feelings are there, she just has trouble articulating them. Instead she sounds disrespectful or condescending. I will take issue with the girls who get on her about how she's grieving and what she's gone through because I can't fathom what she and [Juelia Kinney] went through. Far be it for anyone to throw those rocks. That part bugged me a bit, if you want to say she wasn't friendly, fine, but the grieving and husband stuff is off limits."
Harrison additionally said he understood Jade Roper's position. She was extremely upset that Soules dumped her after hometown dates because she wasn't entirely convinced her old Playboy spread had nothing to do with it. Soules later admitted that looking at Roper's nude photos with her was "awkward" and the fact she seemed so different from how her family described her was "disturbing." Roper was offended and hurt by both remarks.
"I totally get it, but in my opinion this is a very sore subject for her. I think she sees things that aren't always there. I get there was a slip of the word [in Chris' People blog] and that he said it was awkward, but by the way, it's awkward to sit with your date and look at nude photos of her. But maybe he used a poor choice of words," Harrison explained.
"Going into the hometown he saw a quiet, diminutive girl and he said that to the family who said, 'No, she's a wild mustang, you have no idea.' He thought, 'How could I be so wrong?' I think that's what he was trying to say, but he's a farmer, not a writer. And by the way she is shy!"