‘Bachelorette’ Host Chris Harrison Responds To His Own Mean Tweets

Last Monday on the Bachelorette: Men Tell All special, host Chris Harrison read some of the very nasty tweets sent to Kaitlyn Bristowe. The intent was to draw attention to online bullying and the damage it can cause. But Bristowe isn’t the only Bachelorette personality to get some share of online hate. Harrison himself retweeted an unkind message and his response.

Bachelorette producer Elan Gale got in on the action, teasing Chris Harrison for his lack of talent.

Harrison noted he had some special skills.

The rather mild nature of the criticism did not compare to the very hurtful tweets directed at Bristowe. As People reported, one of the tweets read by Harrison during the MTA special called Bristowe a “selfish w****.” Bristowe said she was strong enough to handle the words, but there were more people involved than just her.

“I’m so fine with people disagreeing with me or having their opinions. That’s okay. But spreading the hate people have been is not okay…. The hardest part is it affects my family. I can handle it. It doesn’t feel good, but I can handle it. But it’s my family that’s… they call me to see if I’m okay. It’s hard. It’s really hard. It’s hurtful.”

During the special, the men gave Kaitlyn a standing ovation in support. In the days following, Gale retweeted a blog post he’d addressed to the “trolls and haters.”

Monday night Bristowe’s Bachelorette journey will finally come to an end. She is set to choose Nick Viall, Shawn Booth, or herself as a single woman. Harrison said that the choice is hard because of how deeply the men feel in their hatred for each other and love for Bristowe. Kaitlyn, for her part, likes both Shawn and Nick.

The Bachelorette finale airs at 8 p.m. on ABC and the After the Final Rose special will air immediately following.

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