Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 9

Chris-Harrison

“The sun always shines in Fiji!”  Those were the words spoken by Ashley as she stepped out of the plane in Savusavu, Fiji. She must have forgotten this is the rainiest season we’ve ever had on this show. More on the rain and our production a little later in this broadcast. This show and my blog have become a bit of a travel guide over the years, and I especially feel compelled during the exotic dates to talk a little bit about where we are in the world. This week we are in Namale in Savusavu, Fiji, a small town in one of many Islands that make up Fiji. The high definition video we show you makes it quite evident this is one of the most stunning places in the world. What we didn’t show much of was the Namale resort, which is actually owned by inspirational speaker Tony Robbins. Tony is a great guy and turns out he was in town our final day at the resort and he came down and joined my wife and me at breakfast. Holy cow! That guy has the biggest hands I have ever seen! I can’t say enough about the people of Fiji and in particular the people at Namale.

As for the show you saw the return of Ryan. Oddly enough, I got a call at home one night (no the cast usually doesn’t have my number) and it’s Ryan.

He called me to ask my opinion about coming back to talk to Ashley. He didn’t feel right about the way things ended and wasn’t really sure things had ended. Ryan made it very clear he didn’t want to be “that guy” and come back and disrupt anything or take time away from the other guys. I was convinced that Ryan was doing this with true intentions and I felt like he deserved to have another talk with Ashley. I was pretty convinced that Ashley wasn’t going to change her mind but that’s not for me to say, so I told Ryan to join us in Fiji. Obviously he got rejected again but he was grateful for the opportunity and happy he got the chance to express himself, as he didn’t really get that chance the first time around. Some of you have asked if we show the exotic dates on TV in the order they are actually shot. I think this episode shows you the answer is, yes we do. Ben got the first date and the two of them picked up right where they left off. All I can say about these two is their relationship is easy. They seem to really flow together in a great way. Ben said he’s really fallen for Ashley and if the suntan lotion scene is any indication (yikes!) then the same can be said for Ashley. I think Ben continues to show what a fantastic man he has become. One line that really stood out to me was at dinner when he told Ashley “I’m available today.” That was a great line that really spoke to Ashley’s heart. Ben has come a long way since his father’s death and he is now ready to add somebody to his life and for him that somebody is Ashley.

Constantine got the second date and this was unlike any exotic date we’ve ever had in the past. One reason I love this show is you never know what’s going to happen or how things will turn out. Constantine had an amazing hometown date and although things were moving a bit slow between them I sure didn’t see the wheels completely falling off like they did. Although Constantine was really the one that initiated the breakup they both realized that this relationship had hit a wall. It had gone about as far as it was going to go. Ashley and Constantine like and admire each other very much, but that is far from love and that is far from what either of them deserve. It is also far from what she is feeling for the other two men. I very much respect Constantine for the way he left the show. That is the way a man talks to a woman, and that is the classy way to pull yourself out of a relationship (I hope a certain someone is taking notes). By the time Ashley got to her date with JP she was already down to two men. That was a bit of a relief for her, as she then didn’t really have to worry about the rose ceremony. She very much knew by then that JP and Ben were her final two. Now all she had to do was enjoy her date with JP and by the looks of it she certainly did. The chemistry between these two is incredible. When they’re together it’s like nobody else exists in the world and that is a great quality in a couple.

After talking with Ashley we both agreed it was still important to hold a rose ceremony. This is obviously the most important rose ceremony of them all. The next step is hopefully an engagement so accepting a rose this week is really admitting you are in love with this woman and truly considering taking that next step. I want to take a moment to praise our insanely talented crew on this show. I wish my words could do justice to just how amazing they are. The day of the rose ceremony the skies opened up like never before. We had scouted a location and had been setting up all week for a beautiful outdoor deliberation and rose ceremony on a deck overlooking the ocean. Because hundreds of hours went into lighting, set decorating and tech set up we waited the storm out. Finally we realized Mother Nature wasn’t letting up so at the last minute we made the decision to move everything. In a matter of a couple hours our director, lighting department, art department, tech department, camera and audio crews moved an entire deliberation and rose ceremony that usually takes about a week to set up, and did it all in the pouring rain. Our deliberation was barely under cover so the camera and audio crews were standing in the rain while we talked. Our tech department set up a makeshift control room for our director behind a bar. I am always amazed at how good these people are, but this day absolutely blew me away. I wish I could show you what it took to pull this off and still make it look so good. We are truly one big traveling family on this show and I am blessed to work with such great talent.

I want to remind you of how the rest of this season will play out because its set up a little different than seasons past. The Men Tell All will be next Sunday night, July 31. The following night, Monday, August 1, is the finale. Immediately following the finale is the After the Final Rose special. I love this set up, as our fans don’t have to wait a week between shows. I hope you enjoy it this way. The following Monday, August 8 is the premiere of Bachelor Pad 2. We will show you an extended tease of the new season during the Men Tell All. All I can say is hide the children and buckle up! But first and foremost we have an amazing finale to The Bachelorette for you. Ashley has done a terrific job narrowing it down to two incredible men. I very much look forward to you seeing the rest of this season play out. For more on The Bachelor please check out our web site thebachelor.tv or you can always find me on twitter @chrisbharrison.

More Bachelorette from EW:
Bachelorette recap: Island, Escaped

Ashley’s Bachelorette blog on people.com

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  • FrankLee

    Constantine, how awkward. Ryan, WTF ?

    • Barbara

      Constantine, now that is a real man, way to go. Ryan would make the worst bachelor ever, he is so freakin boring, pick someone new, please. Actually Ames would be a great bachelor.

      • spikesgrl

        I agree with you about Ryan not making a good bachelor (yawn) but I thought Ames was even more boring than Ryan. The person I pick for the next bachelor is the person who (rumored) does not get picked by Ashley next week.

      • Sky

        The person not picked next week (Ben) is already seeing someone else.

  • Harriet Green

    I really like Ashley – can’t wait to see the family next week. I was also very impressed with Constantine tonight.

    Thanks for the blog, chris!

  • Lauren

    Chris, love reading your blog each week. I think y’all should always have the MTA the Sunday before the finale. I hate having to wait a whole week just to find out who she chooses. Keep up the good work!

    • Kudos

      They are showing the MTA the day before the finale because July 4th was on a Monday this year and they decided to rerun the episode from the week before. Highly doubt they will do this again in seasons down the road. Although I agree, it’s nice.

    • RK

      Chris, love reading your lies each week. I love how gullible you think people are. Ryan called you? Sure.

      • Jennifer

        Second that. I was always a little skeptical about the blog, now I know it is an out and out lie. I’ll keep watching though, I do love a train wreck…

      • Kathy

        Exactly! And Ashley isn’t a very good actress. Her surprised reaction to him showing up was so bad it made me laugh.

      • ghostlight

        “The cast usually doesn’t have my home number…” Yeah, Chris. Unless the producers need to groom someone to be the next Bachelor. You are such a lying sack of %$it.

      • Mellissa

        Yeah, Chris, that wasn’t even semi believable.

      • DD

        So true. This is NOT how this show works. Ryan’s trip to Fiji was a total setup. Show calls Ryan and offers him a trip to Fiji. Maybe asking for pity from the audience so that he can be the next bachelor. I hope not.

      • Ember

        Not to mention that the previews never match up to what actually happens. They made it seem like JP gets upset at Ash’s news about Ryan, and that she turns her back on him during their fantasy date. It was really just the opposite!

      • Tyler

        Chris-

        You are a smug jerk. You are worse than any of the contestants. I wish they would fire you and hire Jeff Probst in your place.

      • Kristin

        Ugh! I REEEEAAALLLLYYYY hope Ryan is NOT the next bachelor. He is so irritating to watch. He’s like a giant laughing/smiling goofball!

    • bach fan

      I agree 100% on this!!!
      I love your blog Chris. If Ashley doesn’t pick JP, I would love to see him as The Bachelor. I heard it will be Ryan.

  • jessica

    it always amazes me how the beginning of the season is a completely different feel from the end of the season. I really enjoyed this last episode. It was great to see Ashley confident and so happy. Despite the horrible things people have said, she is growing and it shows. Love her and J.P.

    • SLB

      Confident? What show are you watching. “God, what if after all this i end up alone?” Yeah, that sounded real confident.

    • tennisfan

      I like your positive attitude, Jessica. As frustrating as this season has been, I really wish the best for Ashley. Each season, as much as I laugh at the silliness of it all, I truly wish for a real love connection, and this is not different. Hope we see a wedding and real marriage out of it…

  • me

    Isn’t this the same girl who was so afraid of helicopters last season…SO FAKE!!!!
    Hope JP leaves her in the dust
    God help us if Ryan is the next Bachelor; Jake 2.0

    • Lauren

      I’m usually the first to call out the fake elements of the show (and there are plenty), but: you’ve never heard of someone overcoming a fear?

      • ariel_music

        Flying in air plaines or helicopters is not a fear of heights. Have you not heard of a pilot who fears heights? I know quite a few.

      • me

        The Bachelor has female contestant state fears so they can be saved by the lead. Not once has a male candidate spouted any fears, prob cause we(viewers) would call him a wimp. Ashley freaked out w/ Brad when about to board a helicopter…now it’s exciting.
        Ali also faked the fear of flying until she was the lead…hasn’t been on vacation in seven years; than miraculousy she able to fly around the world.
        Truthfully I think the producer but these scenarios together to get the desired response.

      • Team JP

        Remember when Jake was afraid to bungee jump with Vienna?

    • Ellie

      I think her fear of heights is very real. Am I blanking out a week, or am I correct in thinking they never had the usual adventure date (i.e. walking across high wires, rappelling down a building) in LA. And in comparison to last season (Brad rappelled twice, went zip lining, had a billion helicopter rides) there haven’t been many dates featuring heights. But the Bachelorette team needed at least one helicopter ride, else it wouldn’t be the Bachelor(/ette);)

    • LiLi

      I think it was Ally from the previous season who wa afraid of helicopters and planes?

      • Winter Star

        Yes, it was Ally. It has always bothered me the way some of the men judge the women on whether they ‘brave out’ physical feats. i am sure glad my husband of 41 years didn’t use that as a criteria-extreme sports are not my thing. However, I do love watching this show!

    • cookie love

      I love Ryan. He is sincere, Not like FAKE JAKE>

      • jojo412

        I like Ryan too!!!!

  • IB

    I totally like this setup better with having the men tell all the day before. I usually get impatient but not this year!! :)
    I have really grown to have respect Ryan. He’s truly a nice guy.
    For me, it’s JP all the way!

    • IB

      I also forgot to mention… that I admire Constantine. He is so true and honest. Any girl would be happy to have him.

      • Tyler

        Unfortunately, no girl will ever have him once he settles down with his soulmate, Ben.

  • PJ

    Fabulous show tonight-loved seeing the final 2 say in the sneak preview that they love Ashley-this was most romantic of any Bach series

    • ariel_music

      I so agree!! Best yet. they didn’t edit out the real love connection like they do most seasons. Love this better.

      • CAM

        I LOOVVEEE Ashley and JP!!!!! This look like a lasting couple…leave it to a home-town-boy! CAM from LI

      • CAM

        …and I am ‘in love’ with JP too :)

  • PJ

    Appreciate your blog, Chris-love it -thx

  • Ellie

    I LOVE this set up with the men tell all on Sunday. Hopefully they keep it for all the following seasons.

    • kkp

      Agreed! I just marked it on the calendar so I don’t forget, though.

  • Debbie

    I missed the end of the show becuase the President was speaking and I DVRed the show. How can I watch the last half hour of tonight’s show?

    • Tammy

      you can go to abc.com and watch hte full episode I also did the dvr and missed the end.

      • Tay

        Same here! catch it on abc.com, you’ll get the whole thing. Some internet providers let you catch it also on their online service, so does my on Demand!

    • leapy60

      Hulu.com

    • kathy

      hulu.com

  • Casey Clark

    Chris,
    Don’t get it. Huge production. You let Bentley play Ashley without CYAing her. Now snipets of your comments. Don’t diss the bachelorette, like bill Gates said” TV iis not real life” better to stay positive and suck people in to acting with integrity so they can grow into. Your R-17 was unnecessary. Own it, you say the same drill over and over. Smack these guys and girls with code of conduct. Your the godfather to these pageants of dating for marriage. Keep it good and real. Take the odds…How many work with your formula. Try new approach.”EDIT”, the bad juju out…..It is like a frat initiation or soroity, and all for the same prize. Chris, have faith you in man. Lead with class……………….Casey Former ABC

    • Jeni

      Is this supposed to mean something? Moron.

    • ghostlight

      Casey, when you were a child you fell once while playing soccer and hit your head real hard, didn’t you?

    • Mellissa

      How is Chris supposed to Cover Your A$$ Ashley? Because that is what Casey is saying (CYA her).

    • Jill

      What the hell does this even mean?

    • sandygirl

      What in the devil are you on. Are you speaking in a foreign language. I don’t think you made your point, however I feel it wasn’t worth making.

    • Georgia Peach

      Is this the “guard and protect your heart” Casey?

      • anj

        AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • ariel_music

    Great episode tonight. It brought back the feelings of heartbreak that Ryan went through last time. You could feel his anguish and knew he was going to be heartbroken again. So sad. I vote Ryan for next Bachelor. It would be nice to see him find someone great.

    • Cate

      Ryan is way to emotionally unstable to handle being the bachelor. The guy has rainbows and tweety birds flying out of his butt.

      • tomb

        Ha!! Well put Cate, but seems to me they ARE setting Ryan up as next Bachelor. Why else would they bring him back and close with the wistful “when will I find MY love story” montage? No doubt setting up the opening for their new season.

      • fg

        Ryan is so out of touch with reality. He kept going on about what a great connection he and Ashley had and the great converstations they had but everytime they were together, Ashley looked bored out of brain while he just rambled on and on.

    • susela

      Heartbreak??? Ryan had one date with the girl and she sent him home! Puhleeze. Ryan did not magically call Chris at his home number; the producers called Ryan and had him come down to audition for The Bachelor.

    • Miss

      Ryan and Emily…Ryan and Emily…Ryan and Emily…Please set up a blind date for them. Ryan would treat her like the princess she deserves to be treated and Emily after Brad would probably appreciate him more than anyone.

      • GB

        Ryan seems to prefer intelligent women. Emily, while “lovely” (if you enjoy all that plastic surgery and hair dye and veneers), isn’t exactly a great thinker. That’s why she was a good match for dimwit Brad; the two of them happily spewed cliches at each other and thought they were being deep.

    • Georgia Peach

      Ariel_music – how much did the producers pay you to say this? Go read Kristen’s blog. NO ONE wants Ryan to be the next bachelor. It will be a disaster if ABC goes that direction. Chris Harrison – PLEASE PAY ATTENTION AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS IF IT’S TRUE.

      • big sky girl

        I would not watch Ryan The Bachelor. Hope ABC is paying attention to the overall negative feedback on this subject. Ames would be a bachelor people want to watch.

      • Sky

        Bet Ames is already dating Jackie, so that won’t work..

  • Cheryl

    Okay, Chris, I know you read all these comments, so I’m hoping and praying you will take this one to heart. Please, give each class of incoming bachelors and bachelorettes a grammar lesson. It’s not “between Ben and I”— it’s between Ben and me. It’s not “JP and I’s relationship”—it’s my relationship with Ben. Constantine isn’t “very unique”—he’s unique. I love this show but the bad grammar is killing me!

    • Tay

      Thank you, Cheryl! Thought is was just me!

    • mary

      Thank you, Cheryl. The poor grammar has been killing me for YEARS. Thanks for addressing it here. Perhaps something will be done to resolve it.

      • judithsusan12

        Exactly. Horrifying grammar. Cheryl zeroed in on the combinations most often used incorrectly. Just give them a 1/2 hour lesson on the proper uses of “I,” “me” and “myself” and–if they were actually to process it–they’d all sound so much more intelligent. Also, Ben or J.P. would be so much more intriguing as the next bachelor than poor Ryan.

    • gin

      Cheryl, you’re my new best friend. That “between you and I” crap just kills me. Ashley graduated summa cum laude from U of Maine. How did that happen?

    • Denise

      The grammar drives me CRAZY! Thank you!

    • kaf

      Every week, I yell at the TV about these very issues!

      • Team JP

        We’re obviously the very few who understand the I/me rule. Not a chance anyone from the show can explain it when they don’t get it themselves!

    • Beekay

      Totally agree and I have to tell you, I thought it was a requirement to use the wrong pronoun in order to come on this show. Somebody needs to get this right!!!!

  • lil Sebastian

    Chris, you are the face of sleaze. When you smile, it reminds me off Jay Leno stealing the Tonight Show from someone. You’re the kind of guy who name drops Tony Robbins.

    • yobabe

      He was not name dropping. I thoughtit was cute that he got a kick of A Robbins going out of his way to have breakfast wiith him.

    • Jo

      Chris Harrison…sleaze? Really? So he mentioned who owns the resort. So what. Take a chill pill

      • SLB

        Harrison isn’t a sleaze. D*uchebag maybe.

      • ghostlight

        There’s enough room where Chris Harrison’s soul used to be to fit both “sleaze” and “douchebag” in there.

      • GB

        @ ghostlight – LOL. So true.

    • anonymous

      It’s funny and creepy how Chris was fixated on Tony Robbins’ hands.

      • bb

        He must have stubby fingers. Lol

  • Billy Jean

    Chris, you know what they say about men with big hands don’t you?? Haha and I smell a set up for fake Ryan to be the next Bach… Please no!! Please get us someone new, not from a previous season!

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