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PostSubject: The New Bachelorette   November 17th 2008, 7:36 pm

Chris Harrison Looking for a New Bachelorette

  • Nov 17, 2008 05:47 PM ET
  • by Tim Molloy
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Chris Harrison, DeAnna Pappa, The Bachelorette

It's a good time to be a Bachelorette:
ABC's hit series is conducting its first search for a female star of
the hit series, after years of choosing her from among the contestants
who don't find a love connection on The Bachelor.

Chris Harrison, the host of both shows, talked to us recently about the search, and about the next season of The Bachelor,
which returns with a two-hour premiere on Jan. 5. In another first. The
women will compete for the affections of a single dad, last season's The Bachelorette
runner-up Jason Mesnick. DeAnna Pappas rejected him in favor of
snowboarder Jesse Csincsak, but the couple's relationship, alas, has
come to an end.

The happily married Harrison, who also co-hosts Hollywood 411 on the
TV Guide Network, talked about DeAnna and Jesse, finding true love on
TV, and whether we'll ever see a gay Bachelor or Bachelorette.

TV What are the qualities you're looking for in the next Bachelorette?
Chris Harrison:
It's hard to answer that because really, there's no set picture. We've
had rich, we've had poor, we've had famous athletes, actors, we've had
it all. So we're not exactly looking for a type. It's just somebody
who's willing to take this leap of faith, who's obviously ready to
commit and ready for a relationship.

Honestly, you really never
know what we're looking for and we never know until we find it. There's
really not this set picture that we go into casting and say that's it
the blond-haired, blue-eyed six foot model. Because that's not
necessarily what we want. There must be a
huge number of women who see this as a big break and want to be famous
more than they want to meet the right guy. How do you weed them out?
Harrison: When it's The Bachelor
and it's 25 women, you do get your share of that. It's impossible not
to. But I always love that aspect of the show because we don't it's
not a game show. There's no big prize at the end. So it's really up to
the Bachelor to find those girls and weed them out. That's part of
life. There's always girls in relationships for the wrong reason.

When we're looking for The Bachelorette,
that's kind of our job. Does she just want to be a model, or does she
really want to get into movies or whatever. I have found that when
we've done the Bachelorette they are even more sincere when they come
into this than the guys are. There've been so many gimmicks on other dating shows. Why do you think your formula has continued to work?
Yeah. We were on our exotic date in Cabo San Lucas and Mike Fleiss, the
creator of the show, and I sat down and we tried to list all the
rip-off shows over the years and we stopped at like 25. I don't know if
there's a record for this but it has to be the most copied, ripped-off
show in the history of television. ...

Our show, there's no
spin, there's no gimmick, there's never a twist. All it is is, at the
end, can you find love? It really goes to the same reason people love
soap operas. In the end, everyone wants love. Everyone wants a
relationship, whether you admit it or not. And we also enjoy the train
wrecks and the drama along the way. Are you still in touch with DeAnna or Jessie?
Oh, absolutely. Yeah, they're both very good friends of mine. I will
say that I was definitely sorry to hear they broke up, and wish them
both the best. And still consider them both very good friends of mine.

One of the things that made Jason such an interesting contestant on the
Bachelorette is that he had his young son, Ty. Is Ty going to be
meeting any of the women Jason is dating?
I can't give too much away on the show, but I will say this: Jason,
coming into this, was very respectful he's a great dad, a phenomenal
dad he was very respectful of Ty not being exploited or used in any
way. His number one priority is looking out for Ty.

This show is
going to be amazing. People are going to blown away in January by Jason
in this season. It's unlike anything we've ever done, with having him
being a single dad with Ty. And all the women coming in knew he was a
single dad, and so the show has a completely different feel than we've
ever had before. You've had plenty of
high-profile successes in bringing people together, but obviously the
majority of them don't work out. Do you think it's just that some
relationships don't work out, or is it a flaw with the way they met? Is
it just impossible to get to know someone on television?
No, I think it's definitely the former. It's just the law of averages
with relationships. You look at why Trista (Rehm) and Ryan (Sutter)
succeeded and Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft, didn't. They met the
same way, They both fell in love the same way, and I would have bet the
same amount of money that Trista and Ryan would make it that Andrew and
Jen would've. But in the end, they lived together, and it, for one
reason or another just doesn't work out. And that has nothing to do
with the show or Hollywood, or whatever. It just has to do with real
life relationships, whether they work or not. Sometimes they do,
sometimes they don't.

Honestly, it's one of the things I love
about our show. At the end we don't have a priest or a rabbi pop up and
say OK, we're getting married. At the end, its, 'Okay, you guys, you're
in love, go live your life.' And we wish them the best. Sometimes it
works and sometimes it doesn't. There's all
this controversy lately over Proposition 8, the California measure
barring gay marriage. Would you ever do a same-sex The Bachelor or The Bachelorette?
Harrison: If ABC and Mike Fleiss have created the show and signed off on it I'll be happy to host.

Do you or someone you know have what it takes to be the Bachelorette on the season airing next summer? If you think so, apply here.
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