DATELINE - Bachelor Pad 2 Exit Interviews 2011!
It’s time for Rosemaster Chris Harrison’s final thoughts about Bachelor Pad Season 2. It’s been a wild ride — and while Chris doesn’t want to pile on co-winner Holly Durst, he does think she had time to tell Michael Stagliano about her engagement to Blake Julian before the finale. However, he doesn’t sugarcoat his take on Vienna Girardi and her attempt to backpedal on her treatment of Jake Pavelka. Chris appreciated Kasey Kahl’s apology to Jake and seems to wish Vienna had done something similar. Alas.
Here are highlights from Chris’s full TV Guide interview.
His reaction to the decision to surprise Stag on air with Holly’s engagement:
Chris: As soon as I heard I said, "I'm not surprising him on stage. We're not going to ambush him." Our thought was how do we do this in the most delicate way and if you think about it, we did. Michael was off stage and he didn't have to see it. It could've been a lot worse, I know it wasn't great, but there was no easy way to do it. They were engaged so there's no way we would've not shown it. ... Michael can't be out of it because he's part of the love triangle. So we came to this crossroads of let's do it with him off stage, but when I got there production said she hadn't told Michael.
Is it true that Holly couldn’t get in touch with Michael before the show?
Chris: The phones were taken away the night before, but the proposal happened three days prior. There was plenty of time. And, honestly, she could demand, "I'm not going on the show until I talk to Michael" — and she chose not to do it. I don't want to bury Holly, but in that respect I was surprised and I think part of it was that she was scared. If you notice my awkwardness when I was telling Michael it was because I kept waiting for Holly to jump in. It was not my place to tell Michael what was going on.
His reaction to Kasey’s emotional apology in the hot seat:
Chris: I'm glad we got to see the old Kasey and not the rage-infused Kasey. I think the show got the better of him. I think Vienna put pressure on him to step up and be the man and protect her, so I think he was fueling her fire and trying to do what he thought was right and he looked back and realized I'm not that guy, I'm not a jerk. I really appreciate him seeing that and apologizing to Jake right off the back.
Vienna had a much more jovial reaction to the situation among the three of them.
Chris: I call it like I see it and I'm not buying what Vienna is selling. The way Kasey buried the hatchet was by owning up to his mistakes, how he treated Jake and said it was wrong and recognized it and admitted it. Vienna acting like it was all tea and crumpets and charades in the house ... That's not the case. She was just as mean as Kasey was. She tried to do a mea culpa, but not the same way Kasey did. She didn't own up to anything she did.