Ben Scott walked into our worlds on the BacheloretteSeason 9 premiere hand-in-hand with a tiny little version of himself: His son Brody. But although he seemed amazing in the beginning, it’s been a little iffy since then, with the jury split on whether or not he’s the great guy he presents himself as, or the jerk the guys say he is. And Chris Harrison has a unique perspective on the situation, considering he’s watched it all from the front row and seen the ins and outs of production.
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“In night one, Ben is a saint and could have been anointed the greatest dad and guy in the world, and three weeks later, he’s the worst guy in the world,” the ABC show host explains in a USA Today video of Ben’s two sides on the show. “And I think the truth is somewhere in between.”
So, where will Des stand on Ben? Thus far, she’s seemed flattered and happy to have the attention from the handsome single dad. But it won’t always be this way, according to Chris. “[T]hat’s kind of what Des is about to figure out. There’s this perfect guy, and he’s so perfect with her, and he loves his son, and some of that is true. But then there’s this guy that, as soon as he scores the touchdown, is doing a dance right in front of the guys, and rubbing their noses in it, twisting the knife. And being a little bit of a jerk.” Yup, true that. Although, if we’re being clear about the season so far, Ben has spent more time hiding his interactions with Des from the other men than putting it in their faces.
“Look, there’s no rules to this, but there are unwritten rules, and I think for the guys, the unwritten rule is, ‘Look this is awkward. Let’s all make it the best we can; we all have to living together; we’re dating the same girl,’” Chris explains of the house dynamic.
And although Ben has said the classic “I’m not here to make friends” that doesn’t mean he isn’t there for the right reasons per se. “That isn’t what Ben is about, he’s about Des, and winning her. And to a certain degree, I think that is the competitive part that’s going to be a little bit of a turnoff for people to see. And you’ve seen it before, whether it was Courtney, or some of the other people who have been quote unquote villains.”
Without the archetypal “villains,” as Chris said, this season would be pretty freaking boring. At the same time, we don’t want to see anyone get hurt. Although based on spoilers for the June 24 episode, in which Ben, Des, and Mike Garofola go on a horribly awkward 2-on-1 date, the person who gets attacked seems to be Ben. So, what will we see? Chris hints, “[t]hat competitiveness and that nature that takes over, and when you shine a light on it, it’s not attractive. And I think that’s what we’re gonna see with Ben.”