Chris Harrison Talks Fang Girl and “Villainous” Michelle Money
Now that Brad Womack's redux season of The Bachelor has begun, Rosemaster Chris Harrison feels like people are feeling more positive toward Brad. "When we announced him, it was pretty venomous," Chris tellsTV Guide. "When people were yelling, 'We don't want Brad,' I was never worried because I knew he'd give us his best sincere effort. I wish everyone could have five minutes in a room with him because you realize how engaging and charismatic and what a sweet guy he is."
Apparently DeAnna Pappas wasn't feeling the sweetness when she got harsh with her Season 11 ex on the premiere. "I thought she'd be more apathetic," Chris says. "She meant no malice and didn't mean to be mean to Brad, but I think her thought was, 'I'm going to be honest and not come on there and be a patsy and kiss Brad on the cheek and say, 'You're a sweetheart, it's OK.' She felt like it was her job before this thing started to give him one swift kick in the a-- and say, 'You hurt me, don't do it again.' I think she accomplished that. I think Brad appreciated that she was honest."
Of course, Chris has to talk about Madison Garton and her fangs. Why does he think Brad kept her around over 10 other ladies? "I don't know," Chris says. (At least he's honest!) "I think she's mysterious, intriguing; she's obviously a beautiful girl. I didn't see the fangs at first when she got out of the limo. Once I went into the control room, I went, 'What the hell are those?' I had the director zoom in and was like, 'She has fangs!' I think he felt like, 'You know what? She's putting on airs, but this girl's kind of intriguing and I'm keeping 20 of them anyway, what's it going to hurt to keep her for show No. 2?' That night, you're really just looking for something that stands out. Is he going to go off and get married to Madison with fangs? Probably not. But does he want to see what's there? Yeah."
Chris has already said this will be a "sexy" season with Michelle Money as the potential "villain." Will her drama start next Monday? "That's kind of a slow brew," he says. "The main thing with her is she's so beautiful and, on top of that, is very aggressive and really goes after what she wants — and what she wants is Brad. It really puts some of the girls off. I often find it funny and interesting that on the show there's a code of ethics and decency to the game, but it seems like the end game is to get the guy. Shouldn't you be doing whatever it takes or what you have to do? So it's interesting that Michelle is one of those girls where there really is no code and when the girls are playing nicey-nice and she's not playing by the same rules, it's putting everyone off. It doesn't help that when a girl plays like that, the bachelor really likes it. Men like a woman to come on strong. There's a fine line, but now she's walking it perfectly. Brad also thinks she's hot."
Yes, hotness goes a long way. That's interesting what he says about there being no "code." Maybe a bachelorette could write a book on "The Woman Code" to complement David Good's The Man Code? Just a thought.