Chris Harrison Reveals How They Choose the Bachelor — Plus, If He’d Ever Do It!
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Chris Harrison Reveals How They Choose the Bachelor — Plus, If He’d Ever Do It!

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Never has a Bachelor season’s casting process been as publicly discussed as the recent one!

Fans watched as dreams of a Peter Kraus-led Bachelor 2018 went by the wayside, while Arie Luyendyk Jr. snagged the Season 22 reins.

What happened behind the scenes is still a bit unclear, though now Chris Harrison is giving us a peek into how he and the rest of the producers choose their lead.

“People have to understand that a lot goes into choosing The Bachelor,” the longtime host said at AOL Build this week.

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Chris was likely addressing the legions of fans lashing out at ABC and the producers over the unexpected choice.

He continued, “And it’s not just looking on Twitter. That’s really not how we make our decisions.”

So those of you thinking you had a say on social media, think again!

Hey, at least he’s as annoyed with showrunner Mike Fleiss’s tweets as we are.

“Don’t get me started on the Mike Fleiss tweets,” he grumbled. “Just don’t go there. Like, just don’t stir the pot.”

As for what does factor into the all-important decision, that would be three things: “timing, where we want to take the franchise, and what we want to do with the show.”

Host Harrison reasoned, “Maybe we’ve been in a little bit of a rut lately and doing the same thing over and over with the same group of people and you want to mix it up a little bit.

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“It’s who we think will make good television, who will be a compelling season, who do we sincerely think might be engaged at the end of this,” he concluded.

One of the names consistently pitched on social media is that of the host himself — and he didn’t shut down the idea completely.

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“Never say never,” the 46-year-old teased, before adding that it’s “highly unlikely,”

He elaborated, “I love what I do and here’s the thing — it’s interesting that I have a show that people think I could just go on and do that.

“I’m not really that type of person. Believe it or not, I don’t live out loud.”

For now, the dad of two is just focusing on the upcoming Bachelor: Winter Games, which he is hoping will include “some international flavor” from other countries’ franchises.

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“So there’s lots of international Bachelors and Bachelorettes, so we’re thinking Olympic Games? Winter games?” he quipped.

“Think of the Bachelor village. I think you see where the show is going.”

The Bachelor Season 22 premieres in early 2018 on ABC.