In terms of primetime hours and longevity, no other franchise can come close to the kind of domination The Bachelor has achieved.And no one expected it.“If anyone had said that they knew their show was going to run for 15 years, you’d say you’re out of your mind,” Harrison says., a two-hour televised beauty pageant where the winner was awarded with an on-the-spot marriage to a man who was later discovered to be not-so-rich and have a record of domestic abuse.It was a turning point in exploitative reality television.After school, he worked as a reporter and a sportscaster through the ’90s before moving to Los Angeles to host on a horse-racing network, which maybe isn’t that far off from The Bachelor when you think about it.
They never needed an award for it or a name for it. He points to the uncomfortable scenes that I’d rather die than watch with my own father—like the one where Kaitlyn hooked up with both Nick and Sean in last season’s Bachelorette.“It gives us a chance to broach some subjects that could be a little difficult,” Harrison says.
It’s why The Bachelor's been on for 15 years and is more relevant now than it’s ever been.
No matter what, that story never gets old.”You can’t argue with the numbers.
This, he says, is the reason he hasn’t been so lucky in the love department since his divorce, echoing the self-help speak Bachelor fans will recognize from the show’s confessional-style interviews.“It’s been cathartic to have work which I love, and to dive into that and my kids [son Joshua, 14, and daughter Taylor, 12] and make sure they’re good,” Harrison insists. For his first crack at writing—Harrison swears to me it’s not ghostwritten—it’s not terrible.
His freshman effort is basically a romance novelization of the Reese Witherspoon movie, Sweet Home Alabama, with a murder and some very explicit sex language thrown in.