"Reid was desperately trying to get a hold of producers. As you heard him say on the Final Rose
special, he felt there was something still there between he and Jillian, and he was willing to go all the way to prove it. I have to give the guy credit -- this was a bold, brave move. As you could clearly see by the look on her face, Jill had absolutely no idea Reid was coming back," Harrison wrote on his Entertainment Weekly
Reid, who explained his side of the story during the After the Final Rose
episode, claims that he made at least "ten phone calls" to producers in attempt to come back on The Bachelorette
. Hearing his statement may be a bit hard to believe seeing that Reid's return would only make the show more controversial and thus, earn big ratings. But Harrison says that "allowing Reid to come back was a very tough decision for us to make."
"This final day is always an emotional roller coaster for all of us. After a long haul, Jillian had mentally prepared herself to break up with Kiptyn and choose Ed. Throwing Reid back into the equation was very risky. We had no idea how Jillian would react and what this would do to her final decision. We were all really flying by the seat of our pants on this one," Harrison explained.
"Hard to believe after this many seasons we could possibly run into a situation we've never dealt with before, but that's the beauty of this show: we always do," he added.
Now that The Bachelorette
is over, Chris Harrison is gearing up for yet another gig. He will be producing and hosting red carpet coverage for the TV Guide Network, where he already anchors and produces the weekly entertainment news show Hollywood 411
. Harrison and Dancing with the Stars
judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who will serve as replacements for Joey Fatone and Lisa Rinna, will be chatting up stars at awards shows and major events, starting with the Emmys on September 20.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: EW(Image courtesy of ABC)