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Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 4

Another week in Paradise, another week of enjoying the beautiful beaches, the perfect weather, the great activities that the Yucatan peninsula has to offer, and of course, the ups and downs of love and relationships. We begin this week seeing one of my favorite couples in Bachelor history—Graham and Michelle Money. These two serve as a crisp taco shell to wrap this episode, but we will get to that later. I know that Graham and Michelle may not count as a “couple” since they are not romantically involved (anymore), but they are such great friends that it’s fun to watch their dynamic and undying support of each other. Michelle was the source of much entertainment this week. (What else is new?) You gotta love a girl who will take the hit of not being taken on a date with Robert and then do the hair of the woman who did get asked. As Money says, “(it’s) tough, but I’ll make your braid look awesome.” Yeah, I bet that braid is pulling extra tight on Sarah’s head. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 3

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Another week in beautiful Mexico! I can’t even tell you how amazing it was to spend almost a month there. And every day was full of excitement. This week was a pretty quiet week in paradise with no balcony jumpers or hospital visits… wait, that’s not true. Chris Bukowski kept the streak alive and judging by the previews for next week’s two-night special event the hospital visits aren’t over yet. But let’s not jump ahead, as we have so much to discuss from this week.

We began this week by catching the aftermath of last week’s rose ceremony where Elise made the odd decision to offer Dylan a rose despite the fact that he’d repeatedly told her “do not offer me a rose, if you do I will turn it down.” We did get Elise’s explanation: “He told me three times he wouldn’t accept the rose—I needed him to confirm that.” Well, I’ll let you ponder that little gem, but the fact is Elise and Chris seemed pretty happy after the ceremony and were ready to start a fresh new love affair. Hey, it just might be crazy enough to work. Soon after the rose ceremony, we got our first new arrival of the week in Danielle from Juan Pablo’s season. There’s apparently a new house rule that stipulates that there are no rules as for who you can and can’t ask on a date. Much to Michelle Money’s chagrin, Danielle took this to heart and asked out Marquel, who gleefully accepted and off they went to the state of Campeche for their date. It seemed to go pretty well between the two of them but the “Cookie Monster” wasn’t done with dates yet this week.

Elise also got a date card this week and there was only one guy (now) that she was ready to extend it to and that’s Chris Bukowski. Chris was extremely excited to accept only he took an odd step getting out of the ocean and messed up his knee pretty badly. I’m no doctor (although I do play one on TV), but after seeing it, I can tell you it didn’t look right. Despite the bad knee, Chris decided to man up and go on the date with Elise to Campeche, which is really one of the most beautiful places in all of Mexico. But he honestly felt like crap the entire time, and it was a pretty tough for him to enjoy. It was so bad in fact the next morning Elise and Chris went to the hospital to get it checked out. They confirmed what he already knew: that it was a torn ligament. Chris came back to the villa determined to gut it out and stay in paradise, but as you know by now that didn’t happen and it changed everything this week. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 2

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These days saying something is “inexplicable” is like saying something is great. The word is not only overused, it’s misused. If you want a good example of when to properly use the word “inexplicable” just watch the beginning of this week’s show. What Michelle K. did was more than a bit unusual. But what our crew member did was truly 100 percent inexplicable. The number of things Mr. Putz could have done before deciding the best option was to jump off a 25-foot balcony in the dark onto wet concrete is incalculable.

The fact that the option of jumping off a 25-foot balcony to escape detection is inexplicable in and of itself. We had a pretty clear idea about Michelle’s special relationship with our audio guy after she left the show and started making odd comments to us. At that point we figured “she’s already off the show let’s just let this go and move on.” A no harm, no foul situation. I wasn’t all that pleased she decided to take up a spot that first week, but the damage was done. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs the 'Bachelor in Paradise' premiere

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Welcome to Paradise!

This show was created with one simple purpose: give some of our favorite cast members a second chance at love. Now how could something so simple “feel so right” in many ways and go “oh so wrong” in so many others? These questions will be asked and answered several times over the next two months as the drama unfolds in Tulum, Mexico. Tulum, Mexico, and especially Papaya Playa, were the perfect place to find Paradise. Unbelievable beaches, amazing weather and scenery, and an abundance of history made this the perfect place to help our Bachelors and Bachelorettes find love, and sometimes, their fair share of drama! READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' finale

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I want to start off by saying congratulations to Andi and Josh on their engagement. I couldn’t be happier for them.

That said, this live After the Final Rose special was easily one of the more intense hours of television I’ve ever hosted. I want to pick this story up about a month and a half ago. That was the first time I sat down with a producer who let me know that Nick was still very much interested in Andi and he wanted to talk with her. Nick called me and we talked for a bit about how he was doing, and he let me know his feelings and how he really wanted to get some closure with Andi. At the time Andi was in Mexico and she was just beginning her new relationship with Josh, so she didn’t think it was the appropriate time. I understood both sides in this case. Nick essentially had a Band-Aid just ripped off of him and there was no closure whatsoever. He was being extremely cool about the whole thing and his approach was kind and respectful, not angry or vengeful. Because of that when he showed up to talk to Andi at the Men Tell All I sat down to talk to him. There was obviously a lot more to the conversation that you didn’t get a chance to see, but you got the overall idea. But one thing that wasn’t shown is how I explained to him that although I respected his emotions and thought he was handling this very professionally I made it very clear that I respect Josh and his relationship with Andi.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All'

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You know the longer I do this show you’d think the less things would surprise me. Not so much. This Men Tell All was easily one of the strangest I’ve ever hosted, but in a really entertaining way. It all started with Ashley and JP, two people I love very much. It wasn’t enough just to catch up with them and find out what’s going on with the pregnancy and their new life together, oh no, we had to raise the bar and do a live ultrasound. When I heard we were going to attempt to pull this off I was a little skeptical, but I loved this moment. As soon as we heard that heartbeat you could really see JP and Ashley’s emotions and feel their love. It was a beautiful thing and I couldn’t be happier that they’re having a boy. I love being able to keep up with our former couples, but to have a moment like this was really fun. Seeing JP get tears in his eyes as he talked about having a son was priceless.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 9

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And then there were two. This season the final two weeks of our travels took us to the Dominican Republic. This week, the overnight dates were spent in and around the beautiful Paradisus hotel. I had visited the Dominican Republic many years ago and was looking forward to getting back to see how much had changed over the years. Andi came into this week with a clear head and incredibly happy with the three men she has narrowed it down to. Letting go of Marcus last week was difficult, but these three relationships are definitely different than the rest. As I told Andi after hometowns, it’s really an embarrassment of riches. I felt like she had done a terrific job of narrowing it down to a bunch of great guys. After hometowns her job wasn’t as much to find out if these guys were sincere but more so trying to decide which lifestyle fit best. Which man could she really see forever with?

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 8

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I understand that much of what will be talked about this week centers on Eric Hill and how we decided to handle his tragic death. I will definitely get to that below, and I will fully explain how and why everything happened, but before that I do want to give a brief mention to each gentleman’s hometown as I think it was a very interesting group of hometown dates.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 7

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This week we set down in the beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium. This town is known for its rich history, chocolate, mussels, and now playing the United States in the knock-out phase of the World Cup. It’s amazingly ironic that we play them this Tuesday.

The week started out with me paying a visit to the guys to try to get a sense of how they were all feeling. This is a pretty intense group right now, and I know that’s because all of these men are falling or already in love with Andi. I can’t remember a season of The Bachelorette where so many of the men were head over heels in love with our girl at this point.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 6

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This week we touched down in easily one of, if not the most romantic cities in the world: Venice Italy. As Andi said herself, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love in Venice. We stayed in a small town just outside of Venice called Abano.

Andi met the boys in Venice and let them know the week would start off with a one-on-one date immediately. Most of the guys assumed that Cody would get it as he was the only guy left who hadn’t received a one-on-one yet. Much to Cody’s chagrin, Andi decided to give Nick the first date this week. Andi had some unresolved issues with Nick that were lingering from last week. Some of the guys Andi really believes in let her know that Nick wasn’t the most popular guy in the house and she was a bit worried about that. I think she took Nick on the first date this week to get to the bottom of that. The situation with Nick is one that I see a lot on the show. At what point are you just being bold, strong, and looking for love and at what point are you being rude or disrespectful? Nick hasn’t shied away from anything he’s said or done and completely owned up to it with Andi. If he’s denied it or acted like he was being bullied, it would have been a disaster for him, but instead he’s open and honest and flat out told Andi exactly how he feels. As you saw, Andi loved it and it only got deeper and better from her perspective at the rose ceremony. Nick and Andi have something strong between them, and he easily got the rose. READ FULL STORY

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