Chris Harrison is looking for love, but is he looking in all the wrong places? In a new interview, the Bachelor host tells the Daily Beast that he is finally ready to play the dating game to find love in the aftermath of his 2012 divorce, and he says he would even love it if someone would set him up. But would he ever allow ABC to set him up with 25 bachelorettes, like current Bachelor star Ben Higgins?
Chris Harrison says he doesn’t use online dating sites to meet women, and he doesn’t dabble with apps like Tinder, either. He also claims to stay away from the hundreds of female castoffs from his hit ABC reality shows. But the real reason Chris Harrison hasn’t found his soulmate yet could be because he’s too busy counseling lovelorn contestants on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor In Paradise.
“I need to quit working a little bit and maybe work on my own life a little bit.”
Chris has plenty of experience in the romance department, but he seems to have ignored his own love life. In addition to hosting more than 30 combined seasons of ABC’s romance-themed reality franchise, Harrison recently penned a novel titled The Perfect Letter, a book idea that was sparked after he had drinks with — wait for it — romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. But now, Harrison seems to be ready to focus on his own love life.
“I would love to find love now… I’m a hopeless, helpless romantic just like everybody else, so hopefully I’ll follow my own advice one day.”
Chris Harrison admits that now that he is divorced, he understands why people sign on to reality dating shows. The TV personality says he was much more skeptical of the process when the Bachelor franchise made its debut in 2002, because he was still very much married to his wife Gwen. But his divorce after 18 years of marriage changed his thinking, because, let’s face it, it’s a jungle out there in the dating world.
“I probably became more understanding and empathetic about The Bachelor, and why people are on it, than I was the first 10 years of the show when I was married, because I really do understand how hard it is out there, how hard it is to meet somebody that you really have a connection with. I probably get it more now than ever.”
Still, that doesn’t mean Chris would ever switch gears and ever agree to star on a season of The Bachelor. Harrison previously told People that he would never trade his hosting gig for roses and fantasy dates, because he knows way too much about the behind-the-scenes process. He even admitted he’s been too distracted by things like lighting and the production aspects of the show. So don’t expect to see Chris Harrison doling out roses anytime soon.
Chris Harrison’s new admission that he’s ready to find love comes one year after he told GQ that he was deliriously happy being single.
“Once I got divorced, there was this knee-jerk reaction to get back in the action and date. I think there’s something wrong in that. I’m incredibly, stunningly happy. What gave me angst was relationships.”
In the same interview, Chris said he’ll never be that guy that just sleeps around, partly because it’s exhausting and partly because it’s just not his style. But even when talking about future love, Harrison doesn’t seem able to take off his hosting hat. While The Bachelor isn’t technically a game show competition on paper, it kind of is in real life. And according to Chris Harrison, so is the dating world.
“Love is as much of a competition as anything. If you don’t think so, you’re either losing the game or you’re not playing.”
You can see Chris Harrison talking about dating and his divorce in the video below.
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