The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison Calls His Role ‘Ridiculous’

Chris Harrison says his role on The Bachelor is a bit ridiculous.

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In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired Wednesday, Ellen poked fun at Chris Harrison’s role in The Bachelor.  The scene she particularly asked about was the final rose that Harrison has to pointlessly introduce at the end of each week.

“Everyone knows it’s the final rose. There’s only one rose. They know it. Yet, every single time, ‘Ladies, Brad. It’s the final rose.’ How do you not laugh when you do that?” DeGeneres asked Harrison.

Harrison replied, “You realize how little I do on this show. So, please, please don’t take away the one thing I do.”

Harrison apparently wanted to get rid of this tidbit from the beginning. “I wanted to get rid of that very early on. Eight years ago, I’m like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ ”

He then explained that it serves the purpose in adding tension before someone is sent home.

“It’s not about the math. It’s not saying, ‘Ellen, there’s a coffee cup between us.’ You know that. It’s kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh. One of us is going home.’ It’s really about setting that moment. It’s silly. There’s really no way I can explain that it’s not silly.” Harrison continued.

In answering DeGeneres’ question about not laughing on the show, Harrison reveals that he remembers to “picture my kids in college.”

“Keep a straight face. The kids gotta go to school,” he laughs.

Catch Harrison in Brad Womack’s season of ABC’s The Bachelor on Monday nights.

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