“I’m the host and so rain or shine I’ll be there,” Harrison tells me.“Jubilee has a lot of work to do on herself,” Harrison says, referring to last week’s episode, in which the Army veteran pouted and pulled back—refusing to play the game, and thus being sent home for her failure to “open up.”“You can see from the episode she’s got a lot of issues.I haven’t talked to her since she left, but I’ll see her at the special and I think she’s going to be one of those people who comes on and says she’s learned a lot about herself and she learned that maybe she’s not so ready.“Did she come on the show with all sincerity? But did she find out that she was not quite ready to open up and have a relationship? And that’s one of the great things about the show: You learn so much about yourself.” Listening to Harrison, it’s odd, almost unbelievable really, that anyone—especially the man at the center of it all—would still buy into what The Bachelor is selling, 15 years on, and only a handful of successful relationships to show for it.Ask yourself these questions: -Has he tweeted anything that showed Jo Jo on a date with one of the guys?
“It’s been cathartic to have work which I love, and to dive into that and my kids [son Joshua, 14, and daughter Taylor, 12] and make sure they’re good,” Harrison insists. For his first crack at writing—Harrison swears to me it’s not ghostwritten—it’s not terrible.
His freshman effort is basically a romance novelization of the Reese Witherspoon movie, Sweet Home Alabama, with a murder and some very explicit sex language thrown in.
However, there’s more to this story than Chris is letting on. He’s just making it seem like a random run in on Sunday. Oh sure, Selma denied it to magazines as you’ll see when searching, but trust me, they were absolutely dating. They were with each other both Friday and Saturday night before that picture ever surfaced. Hence the reason the title of today’s column says “is” and not “are.” I really don’t know what they are.
In the picture, he’s acting like he just randomly ran into Ash Lee at the Munch Mania Celebrity basketball game this past Sunday in Houston. Friday night, Chris and Ash Lee were seen together at the Local Pour in Houston, and then the next night, Chris and Ash Lee were seen together at a birthday party in Houston for friends. Plenty of people in the “Bachelor” world were aware of this. I just know they spent three days together this past weekend in Houston and, well, usually you don’t spend a weekend with someone you aren’t interested in.
If I had to guess, I’d say they’re in Uruguay for episode 5 right now with the rose ceremony tomorrow night. Still plenty of guys I haven’t released yet, which I will get to in the coming weeks. However, one thing that was brought to my attention this weekend I’m sure you’ll find interesting. After she was off Sean’s season of the “Bachelor” but before “Bachelor in Paradise,” there were rumors about these two, even to the point of Ash Lee admitting she would date him if he asked her out.
I was told something on Friday, then something different but related to the same topic again on Sat night/Sun morning, then when Chris Harrison tweeted out this picture on Sunday, it all came together… We’ve seen him tweet out and IG pictures with former contestants a lot of the time. Not to mention, even before Ash Lee came about, I’ve said this a few times on the video chats over the years when asked, and any Google search will show that Chris Harrison was once involved with Selma Alameri from Sean’s season as well. I’m just here to tell you that the picture he posted Sunday of “running into” Ash Lee at a charity event is a lie.The general appetite for more of The Bachelor’s brand of reality TV kept the show on the air, but the public reception didn’t completely drown out the show’s critics, who through the years have charged it with racism and sexism (and several other isms, actually). “We’re just victims of our own success,” he tells me. Contestants have the power to do whatever they want.”“Yeah, I guess maybe I am,” he says.“If we are sexist, we’re equal opportunity sexists,” he adds, noting the 2003 addition of The Bachelorette evened the scales, and rejecting the idea that women on the show lack agency.“In all seriousness, I think sexism has a lot to do with power, and while it seems like the ‘Bachelor’ or the ‘Bachelorette’ has all the power, they really don’t. “Not to get too deep, but I was brought up by these women who if you wanted to label them, maybe they were feminists, but you know what?He doesn’t meet women online, or use Tinder (owned by The Daily Beast’s parent company, IAC), and he’s never dated any women from the show, either, he claims—which seems like a bit of a waste of such a large pool of eligible ladies.“I need to quit working a little bit and maybe work on my own life a little bit,” Harrison, 44, tells me over the phone.This, he says, is the reason he hasn’t been so lucky in the love department since his divorce, echoing the self-help speak Bachelor fans will recognize from the show’s confessional-style interviews. Look, as you can tell by the book and by the show, I’m a hopeless, helpless romantic just like everybody else, so hopefully I’ll follow my own advice one day.”That book he’s referencing is The Perfect Letter, a romance novel (newly in paperback) that was inspired by a drunken conversation Harrison had with Nicholas Sparks, who also writes books about lovers who write things on paper.After school, he worked as a reporter and a sportscaster through the ’90s before moving to Los Angeles to host on a horse-racing network, which maybe isn’t that far off from The Bachelor when you think about it.