'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison: Peter Weber and Hannah Brown's reunion "scared the hell" out of us, we worried the season might end
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/13/2020
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has revealed producers feared Peter Weber's season of the show might end over Hannah Brown, who essentially admitted to Peter she still had feelings for him at the beginning of his journey to find love on Season 24.
Chris told reporters at the Television Critics' Association's winter press tour that while Hannah was supposed to return Peter's wings on Night 1 of The Bachelor, she wasn't supposed to stick around -- and her lingering connection with Peter actually scared production, Us Weekly reported.
Chris therefore acknowledged producers were aware Peter and Hannah's reunion "could go really wrong" and Peter could have chosen to quit The Bachelor and go home with the former beauty queen.
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"If I was teaching a class, I would say, 'Create a show completely and utterly unlike The Bachelor,' because as a producer, you should know the middle, beginning and the end. And we don't know that," Chris said, according to Us.
"The show could end at any moment for us. It's unpredictable. It's out of our control. And that's a terrible way to do television. It's really dumb! But sometimes it lends itself to great TV."
Colton Underwood's edition was an example of an unpredictable ending as well, as Colton jumped a fence to escape production and nearly quit the show after the winner of his heart, Cassie Randolph, threatened to go home because she wasn't ready to get engaged.
(Colton and Cassie ended up together despite the odds and are still dating).
Chris added that Peter and Hannah's discussion during the group date was so intimate producers were reluctant to keep cameras rolling at the time it filmed in September 2019.
"While this was happening, [we were] thinking, 'Should we be filming this? I don't know, it's so personal.' But this is what makes Hannah and Peter so lovable and so likable," Chris reportedly explained.
"They are willing to go there and really expose themselves and obviously there are issues and things in their relationship they thought were resolved. They're not."