Chris Harrison Said Matt James Was a ‘Different Man’ After ‘The Bachelor;’ ‘He… Never Fully Understood What’ Love Was Before

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It’s not even January but and Matt James is stirring up some discourse round his most up-to-date The Bachelor promo. But, Chris Harrison did what he does finest and shared his perception on the matter, and warranted followers that James’ season might be well worth the journey. James did loads of development, apparently, and does know tips on how to fall in love on TV. 

The latest promo for ‘The Bachelor’ had a soundbite that some followers had been apprehensive about

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Even although Tayshia Adams’ season of The Bachelorette isn’t over simply but, followers already are wanting towards The Bachelor. The season begins on Jan. 4, so there isn’t a giant break between the 2. But Bachelor Nation most likely isn’t too mad about that. 

The promo reveals James in a luxurious automotive, in showers, and making out with beautiful girls. He has a fairly lavish property resort, nonetheless with strict COVID-19 pandemic quarantine guidelines. So there received’t be any touring like in earlier seasons. But similar to Adams’ seasons has made it work up to now, James’ season looks as if he’ll have all of the drama he wants proper at house. 

With that being mentioned, one soundbite had him saying that he had “never been in love.” Harrison wasn’t shocked, and simply mentioned it was his job to vary that. But followers, in fact, discovered {that a} bit “jarring.” Even former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay was just a little skeptical that somebody might fall in love on tv for the primary time in the event that they’d by no means completed so in personal earlier than.

Chris Harrison assured everybody that Matt James simply had by no means skilled love like he had on the present earlier than

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Just like he did in that sitdown with Lindsay, Harrison continued to defend James’ skill to seek out love. In an interview with Us Weekly on Nov. 24, Harrison mentioned that the promo solely confirmed a number of the reality, in fact. Since it’s only a slice of what’s to come back. It’s not that James has by no means been in love, however relatively by no means to this depth. 

“It’s not that he hasn’t said ‘I love you’ before. I think the problem with him is he realized being the Bachelor, he had never fully understood what it means,” Harrison mentioned. “He didn’t understand the weight of it.”

Harrison then went on to say that any lead on the 2 reveals can say that being the Bachelor or Bachelorette can change an individual. 

“He is a different man than when he came to us in and he got really a crash course because he didn’t get the few steps of being on the show,” Harrison continued. “He really just ripped the Band-Aid off and sometimes that hurts a little bit. So, I think he had a bit of a rude awakening of the man he is, the way he loves [and] what love means to him.”

The Bachelor host mentioned followers are going to get to see an “amazing journey” with James and never simply as a lead however as a man falling deeply in love. With one girl, or perhaps extra. Who is aware of?

James confronted new obstacles different Bachelors by no means have

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Of course, as Harrison talked about a bit above, and as many followers already know, James isn’t the everyday The Bachelor lead. He has by no means been a contestant on the present earlier than. Usually, the leads for each of the principle reveals competed on a earlier season of the other sequence. So the Bachelor would have appeared on a earlier The Bachelorette season, and vice versa. 

With James, he was only a good friend of The Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron. James was additionally a deliberate contestant on Clare Crawley’s season, however with delays because of COVID-19, and the necessity to announce a brand new Bachelor, ABC selected James as a substitute of a former contestant. This, in fact, comes with its personal set of hurdles. 

“There are some wonderful things to the naïveté and innocence to just coming in,” Harrison mentioned. “But then there are little things that we had to really stop, and you know, [it’s] night one and he doesn’t know what to do.” 

So whereas James was navigating via discovering love, he additionally had to determine what a rose ceremony was and tips on how to lead it. How it labored, what the logistics had been, and all the things that went into filming one. 

“We really had to walk him through and teach him; it was Bachelor 101,” he mentioned. “And it was trial by fire.”

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