Chris Harrison: Juan Pablo Made Clare Feel “Cheap,” I Told Him to Apologize
There are myriad ways to screw up your Bachelor journey, but one big mistake is to blow off Chris Harrison’s advice. He and The Powers That Be usually let their rose-givers make their own mistakes, but they actually tried to save Juan Pablo Galavis from himself after his SwimGate snafu with Clare Crawley in Vietnam.
Clare has been showing a neediness common to many Bachelor contestants, but she didn’t deserve the extreme balloon pop JPG gave her when he basically accused her of seducing him with that ocean swim move. He was just trying to be nice and her wanton ways set a bad example for his daughter. Or something. The double standard left us feeling pretty disgusted with JPG, and it sounds like Chris felt the same.
“When she showed up he was fully into it like this is awesome and sexy and she was as happy as can be and then he turns around and treats her like all of a sudden she did something wrong and broke the rules,” Chris told TV Guide in a post-show interview. “It was not only confusing, but it was borderline rude. We even told him as much, but he didn't see it that way. Even though he apologized later I don't think he really understood how cheap he made her feel.”
Chris says he tried to make the situation clear to JPG, even at the time, but he didn’t see it from the same perspective. “In my deliberation I said, ‘You're not getting this, you really hurt her feelings, you need to fix it and apologize.’ But there are cultural differences with him and things do get lost in translation and how it's interpreted. It's his perspective; it's not right or wrong. So it made for interesting conversations and I had to learn to stand back a little bit and respect that.”
Well, we’re feeling a little less diplomatic. From here, it just felt wrong. The story isn’t over, though, so maybe JPG will indeed “fix this” and win back some of our respect.
Do you agree with Chris that Juan Pablo was rude and made Clare feel cheap?