Since Season 1, The Bachelor has been hosted by none other than Chris Harrison. When it comes to his contestants and his shows – which he also creates – Harrison can get defensive.
That was never more apparent than when the “Bachelor” host responded to “UnReal.” in the Lifetime series.
The reaction of the “Bachelor” host to the Lifetime series “UnReal” Season 1.
Some fans of “The Bachelor” started to look at the show with different eyes after the premiere of UnReal on Lifetime in 2015.
The scripted series included a behind-the-scenes look at a Bachelor-like reality show fictionalized (called Everlasting).
Producers go through dangerous and excessive means on UnReal to get their contestants to say and do on camera what they want.
All the more shocking is that Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, one of UnReal’s writers, actually worked on The Bachelor.
Fans wondered – and worried – how many of the dramatic scenes were inspired by the real-life experiences of Shapiro in UnReal.
However, Harrison was not persuaded.
He had some choice words for UnReal at the time, as Variety reported in 2015.
Harrison joked when asked about the difference between the two series, “Really, the main difference I’ve seen is that people watch The Bachelor.”
He also denied that fact is the basis for the Lifetime series.
It’s absolute fiction,”It’s complete fiction,” Harrison went on to mercilessly rip off the show:
As much as they would love to hop on our coattails — they were asking for us to talk about it and for people to write about it — nobody is watching at the end of the day. I mean, there’s absolutely nobody watching this show. Oh, and why? It’s bad. It is absolutely bad.
“part of the vernacular.”part of the vernacular.”a sign of respect.”sign of respect.
“The way UnReal took it, it wasn’t a sign of respect,” Harrison explained. “They tried to take it in a different direction, but it doesn’t work that way.”
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“As reported by Us Weekly, Shapiro, who served as an assistant producer on ‘The Bachelor’ from 2002 to 2004, shared her thoughts with UnReal on Harrison’s remarks at the Paley Center for Media’s Evening. She reacted to “The Bachelor” host mostly favorably – if a little tongue-in-cheek.
“Shapiro told her, “We’re glad he saw it.”
But that’s not the story’s end.
Did Season 2 of “UnReal” make fun of “The Bachelor” host?
Slate argues that, in her own way, the Lifetime show itself responded to Harrison’s remarks.
In “UnReal,” as the host of the fictitious “The Bachelor” actor Brennan Elliott played Harrison’s role in “Everlasting.”
The character turned from a lighthearted joke to a figure of mockery between seasons 1 and 2, Slate said.
The host had been a joke character in the first season, an expensive haircut and a smart suit, not much in between.
But he’s a punching bag in the second one,” the publication noted.
Graham gets out of makeup late in an episode of UnReal season 2.
“What is he, getting a chimp face transplant?” Rachel asks. “If he’s not in his seat in 15 seconds, I’m going to come in and grab him by the balls and put him in his seat.”If in 15 seconds he’s not in his seat, I’ll come in and grab him by the balls and put him in his seat.
The rest of the Everlasting crew continues to joke about the host “spray-tanning his balls.” Quinn later refers to “our knucklehead.” as the character.
Although “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are clearly winning the day in terms of ratings, “UnReal” is one of the best shows Lifetime has ever made, especially on scripted TV. Depending about how many of the stories you think are based on real-life events in the episodes, this will place your opinion of the Bachelor in a different light.