There was a lot to be shocked by during the first installment of The Bachelorette’s two-part Season 9 Finale. But while most people are still reeling from Brooks Forester’s untimely departure, we’re still riveted on the moment Desiree Hartsock told Brooks on camera that she is in love with him. And what’s more, we’re pretty sure she actually meant it.
But while that was the first time we’ve seen a Bachelor or Bachelorette lead say “I love you” to one of their contestants before cutting everyone else and getting a proposal, Chris Harrison revealed in an ABC News interview that it’s not the first time it’s happened.
“It’s been said before,” Chris says. “We just choose not to show it all the time.” Read: Ever. Basically, what fun would it be if we saw a Bachelorette just be like, “I love you and who cares about everyone else?” From what we learned watching the July 29 episode, not fun at freaking all.
And we get why they cut it: It’s awkward for the audience to see someone they’ve grown to care about confess their feelings, only to watch some greasy-haired deeb be like “I’m out.” But Chris explains why they left it all in on Season 9’s Overnight Datesaster episode.
“Obviously with this one, it was a bit of a mislead because of what happened, but it needed to be shown because if we got to this point you wouldn’t understand how she felt when this happened,” the Host with the Most says, referring to the music-less, drawn-out terribleness of Brookiree’s breakup.
“Obviously we knew this happened so I think it was important to establish how in love she was with this guy and then how just how uncertain he was. It was such a bizarre situation that has never happened on the show before where we got to the end and had this curveball,” Chris understates of the complete trainwreck. Normally, at this point in the season, we’re just waiting to find out which amazing guy the lead loves most, and then waiting for the ring(s) to appear.
And Chris feels the same way. “The final two episodes are usually happy and we do the ‘Men Tell All’ and it’s explaining which one of these great guys is it going to be and this beautiful music — and now we’re like, ‘Okay, do we have a show next week?’”
We’re sure they’ll think of something. You know what they say, all’s fair in love and reality TV.
Source: ABC News