Longtime Bachelor franchise host Chris Harrison made an appearance on Us Weekly‘s Bachelor podcast Here for the Right Reasons to break down each installment of the iconic ABC dating reality series on Tuesday, April 14.
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“I won’t say which one — one [spinoff] has already come and gone that I did not want to be a part of — and I wasn’t,” he said. “And you know, there are dozens and dozens of ideas that we throw out, I throw out, [creator] Mike Fleiss [throws out], everybody. And some of them come to fruition and some of them are great ideas and they just don’t happen.”
The Bachelor premiered on ABC in March 2002. Less than a year later, the network debuted The Bachelorette in January 2003. Bachelor Pad, The Bachelor Canada, Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor Winter Games followed soon after. The only Bachelor spinoff that wasn’t hosted by Harrison was The Bachelor Canada, which last aired in 2017. While the famous host has been featured in almost every spinoff, he wasn’t quite sold on the idea of hosting The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart.
“We always throw stuff against the wall and try to be creative. When I heard this idea, at first, I was a little skeptical,” Harrison said. “I’m like, ‘A Star Is Born meets The Bachelor? I need to know what this looks like.’ And we all have to kind of put our creative hats on and figure this out, which was kind of fun.”
The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart began its six-episode run on ABC on Monday, April 13. The spinoff follows 23 single men and women looking for love through music.
Harrison assured that the spinoff will be enjoyed by Bachelor Nation fans.
“Just know that if you’re a Bachelor fan, it’s going to have that awesome familiarity,” he said. “But then there’s going to be this weird, eccentric twist to it that you’re not quite sure where it’s going. That’s why it’s so good and so new and so fresh. I think Bachelor Nation will absolutely just gobble this thing up.”
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