Special thank you to ABC for inviting me to LA to interview Chris Harrison, all expenses paid. #BachelorWinterGames
I’ve found my new guilty pleasure and tv has never been this fun! While attending the #BlackPantherEvent in LA, I had the opportunity to preview the premiere episode of The Bachelor Winter Games and interview the host, Chris Harrison. As much as I loved watching the first episode, I’m kept in suspense and waiting to watch it on ABC when it premieres, TOMORROW, February 13. I never got to see the final rose ceremony and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. We all know what makes it irresistible: the D-R-A-M-A. Believe me, there is plenty of that! I sat down with Chris Harrison to get the inside scoop.
Dishing the Dirt with Chris Harrison: The Bachelor Winter Games
All About The Bachelor Spinoff
Is love the universal language? Find out as 14 international bachelors and bachelorettes from such countries as Switzerland, Japan and Australia compete and, hopefully, find love with 12 of America’s Bachelor Nation favorites.
These singles will go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges, including the toughest sport of all – love. Chris Harrison hosts this highly anticipated, four-episode series, complete with the usual dose of tears, drama, romance and laughter, as “The Bachelor Winter Games,” a global celebration of unity and love, premieres on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The series will continue on Thursday, February 15; Tuesday, February 20, and will have its finale on Thursday, February 22. All episodes will air 8:00-10:01 p.m. EST.
Roundtable Interview with Chris Harrison
Q: How did The Bachelor Winter Games get started?
When we started Bachelor Winter Games, we had no clue what we getting ourselves into and what we were gonna do. We had this concept and it was very loose and it was fun for us because we’ve been doing the Bachelor and Bachelorette for 16 years, which I love (and it’s my baby) but if you’ve seen the show, we’ve been doing it for awhile, we got it down, we know what we’re doing. It was all us so it was fun for us after 16 years to completely come up with a brand new Show.
Q: Yuki, from Japan, is fascinating. Tell us more about Yuki.
Yuki is one of our hard finds from Bachelor Japan and she is just so huge and so successful. Now we know why – because when she was on, we have this Bank of Monitors obviously in our Control Room, and we all were just mesmerized by this girl and every time she was on TV. I just wanna see Yuki talk for days. So she was just fascinating. She was incredibly sweet and yes, we had a Translator. My guess I would say, over under, it was probably 15 to 20 words that she legitimately knew in English and then we had a Japanese Translator who helped us.
Q: So now that you’ve done The Bachelor for so long and you have the Winter Games, can you say what you prefer?
Bachelor Winter Games may be some of my favorite television we have ever produced. It’s that good. It’s phenomenal how well it turned out and it was exciting. It was fun for us to be just really producing on the fly, coming up with great ideas and you see this stuff work and the concept worked.
Q: How does the selection process work for finding participants?
First of all, contestants can do whatever they want. You don’t have to kiss anybody and you’re not under contract to touch or be touched. Everybody goes through very stringent tests of all kinds. Believe it or not, mental tests as well as medical tests.
Q: Can we ever expect to see you as a Bachelor?
I am a Bachelor. People ask me that a lot. I believe in the show and I believe in love. I had a wonderful marriage for many years and I have two great kids, but I have this finite amount of time with them before they’re off to college. I produced this show for so long to be all of a sudden a contestant on it, I guess we’d call it, would be really weird.
Q: Do you keep up with the folks that have been on the show?
I do. A lot of them. Whether intended or not, I run into a lot of them. A lot of them are my friends whether even back in the day, it’s Trista and Ryan are dear friends of mine, and Andrew Firestone is one of my closest friends. One of the weirdest things about this job is I’ve had 16 years of these people that have come into my life and that I’ve taken care of. I’ve married some of them and watched them have babies and created these families with them and on the off-camera side, we’ve had deaths and divorces and love affairs and marriages.
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