Chris Harrison Teases “Most Ridiculous Fight” in History on Bachelorette Premiere


According to Chris Harrison, it is about to be on next Monday night.

Between whom? This is the question we’re now left to ponder.

Earlier this week, the reality show host with the absolute most stopped and talked to Entertainment Tonight about the May 28 premiere of The Bachelorette.

It will kick off at 8/7c on ABC, but it sounds as if we ought to say the show will PUNCH off instead.

Just consider how Harrison teased the premiere in his chat with the aforementioned gossip and news outlet:

“Maybe the most ridiculous fight you’ve ever seen in the history of our show, which is saying a lot.

It’s just magnificent to watch.

“It’s going to be one of those [seasons where] you’re watching through your fingers because you’re embarrassed for everybody involved, but you can’t stop watching.”

Now THAT’S what we call a tease.

Is it any wonder Chris Harrison is the very best at what he does?

While recent The Bachelorette spoilers have actually revealed the final four men chosen by Becca Kufrin, ABC announced the FULL list of all 28 suitors on Thursday.

We’ve posted their official portraits above and referenced their official occupations.

There are multiple football players… one sports analyst… a guy who plays the banjo… and some dude who says he’s a social media participant.

We somehow doubt the latter is involved in this fight.

“The arrivals are great because, for the guys, it’s very much out of our comfort zone to make these grand entrances,” Harrison also said of the premiere, adding:

“We make fools of ourselves, that’s what we do. And some of these guys do just that.”

Kufrin, of course, has quite the backstory when it comes to this franchise.

She was proposed to by Arie on the season finale of the latest Bachelor season — and then dumped by Arie on the After the Rose Special.

Becca responded in that moment the same way anyone in her situation would respond (Are you f-cking kidding me, she asked Arie many times), but has since handled the public break-up with maturity and grace.

“He’s a good person, I don’t think he’s a monster and purposely did this to hurt me and make me feel this way,” Kurfin told People Magazine shortly after The Bachelor season concluded, adding at the time:

“I don’t think he thought it through, but I don’t think he did it maliciously to break my heart.”


The guy seems like a giant douchebag in our opinion.

But Arie is the past and one of the 28 men featured above is the future.

“Let’s do the damn thing,” Kufrin excitedly says in the following Bachelorette preview, making it clear that she’s ready to move on.

And if she’s ready to move on, so we are. Let’s do the damn thing indeed!

Check out the fun teaser now:


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Chris Harrison Calls BS on Arie Luyendyk Break-Up Story

Arie Luyendyk Jr. may be ready for his Happily Ever After to begin.

But many questions still remain.

On Monday and Tuesday nights, ABC viewers across the nation were treated for whiplash after Arie proposed to Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor finale…

… only to turn dump her on national television mere minutes later (about a month later in real life time)…

… and then propose to runner-up Lauren Burnham on the After the Final Rose special the following evening.

You’ve heard it said and teased for many years, but this truly was the most shocking Bachelor finale of all-time.

And while Burnham says she’s thrilled to be with Arie and completely trusting that he won’t change his mind once again, many Internet users have understandable questions.

Heck, even Chris Harrison has a question.

Yes, the man who has represented The Bachelor since its inception and who takes pride in its many twists and turns has come out and wondered what Luyendyk was thinking.

To some extent, at least.

Just consider what Arie said on Good Morning America, referring to Becca being chosen as The Bachelorette and his assertion that he actually had this in mind when he broke her heart in front of ABC cameras.

“I wanted her that opportunity, honestly, I wanted her that opportunity to be the potential Bachelorette.”

Oh, yes, Arie is alleging that he humiliated Kufrin on purpose because he knew it would propel her to reality TV stardom.

Asked about that claim by E! News, even Harrison was taken aback.

“Well, then he was thinking far ahead of the game,” the host said, adding of The Bachelorette selection:

“That’s a decision that the Bachelors are never involved in…

“So unless he was just being incredibly creative and thinking as a producer and trying to produce the show as well as break up with a girl and make the switch, which, if he did, I am incredibly impressed.”

Harrison is alone in this final thought.

Not many folks out there are impressed by Arie.

Most are incredibly turned off; first that he chose Becca and then decided on Lauren instead, just a few weeks later.

But mostly because Arie fooled Becca into thinking she was going on a romantic getaway — only to then shatter her heart into a million piece, all while the cameras rolled.

Harrison, however, is happy to defend the way the series chose to shoot this unusual situation.

“I will never ever say that we’re always right in what we do, but I definitely stand by showing what we showed and how we showed it. I really do,” he said.

Chris continued in his chat with E! News:

“It’s funny that people often say, ‘The show can be edited. It’s scripted and you guys made him do this and made him do that.’

“And then when we show you completely uncut, unedited, no bells or whistles, everybody’s really pissed off. I find the irony in that tragically funny.

“So you just want the cupcake with the sprinkles on top or do you want to know how it’s made?”

It certainly can be argued that the audience was complicit in how this played out.

Do they not demand drama from The Bachelor and other reality shows?

Do they not tune in to witness heartbreak, to make fun of women for crying over a guy that barely know?

“For me, as a producer and a host and a friend to everybody, I think it was the right thing to do,” Harrison concluded.

“I like the way it was shown. Not all the time, but particularly for this situation, I just thought, ‘You know what, let’s show this warts and all for all it is.’

“Relationships aren’t always pretty. They’re not always perfect. It doesn’t always work. And you can’t just show the pretty parts.

“That’s not how the world works, that’s not how love works.

“So I’m OK with showing the nasty and the ugly and the sad sometimes because that’s what makes the good stuff so good. It’s what makes when it really works.”

In the end, come on Chris:

Let’s not pretend anything about The Bachelor is symbolic of love or romance or relationships of any kind.

Let’s not pretend this break-up was filmed as any sort of life lesson.

It was filmed because it made headlines and it garnered ratings… and we love Becca and we wish her all the best, but you know what?

That’s okay!

This is a television show. What else is it supposed to really care about?