New Interview! Chris Harrison Admits to Bad Editing, Says Ashley Gets Cocky
It's not the kind of editing admission we expected, but it's a step in the right direction. Rosemaster Chris Harrison talked toTV Guide about The Bachelorette Season 7, Episode 5 and revealed that there’s footage from the two-on-one date that didn’t make it into the episode. It would have been nice to see, because apparently this footage helped explain the dumping of Ben C. a bit more clearly. Instead, the show just gave viewers more reasons to be frustrated with Ashley Hebert. And guess what? It’s going to get worse next week! Or better... depending upon what you’re looking for.
TV Guide: Let's start with the two-on-one date. Why didn't Ashley let Ben C. explain himself? Chris Harrison: I think that might have been a little misconstrued in the edit [because] it did seem very abrupt. I know he had said some stuff [about wanting to date after the show] so we should've gotten a little deeper into it and we probably should've shown a little more.
Do you think William's tattling on Ben C. lead to his exit? I think it had a little bit to do with it, but I think it also had a bit to do with the fact that Ashley was in a bad mood. I don't think JP or Ben F. would've survived that date. She was in a cranky place... I don't think she was fully sure about William, but they never really had that chemistry.
Did you see Ashley's attraction to Ben F. coming? Ben F. is the dark horse in this that has slowly but surely captivated Ashley.
Next week is the big return of Bentley. It better be the last we see of him! We got to a point in Chiang Mai where I was sitting there telling her this isn't going to work, what you're doing is a disaster, you're not going to find love and these guys are going to hate you. She said, "I need to do something" and I said I will make this happen, I don't know how, but we were able to figure out how to get him to Hong Kong. ... But I was like: These are good guys, a million people are going to be watching the show, screaming at you, saying are you out of your mind wasting this opportunity. I think she needed tough love at that point.
Does the situation get resolved when they meet? People are anticipating the Bentley thing so much, but what really happens next week is telling the guys. She gets to this happy place and is almost a little arrogant and cocky because of it, but I don't think she thought through the effect it was going to have on the guys. It's like you walking up to your boyfriend and saying, "For the last couple of months I've been sleeping with another guy, but the good news is I don't want to have sex with him anymore." She didn't really understand it until our deliberation and all of a sudden things start to unravel in the cocktail party in Hong Kong.