‘The Bachelor’: Chris Harrison Defends Matt James After That ‘Jarring Statement’ within the Trailer

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘The Bachelor’: Chris Harrison Defends Matt James After That ‘Jarring Statement’ in the Trailer

Get prepared, everybody. The Bachelor Season 25 with Matt James is formally on its means, and ABC was variety sufficient to drop an early trailer. As anticipated, the promo highlighted all of the romance — and drama — that’s to come back. But then James admitted he’s by no means been in love earlier than. So is the brand new bachelor prepared for the journey forward? Recently, host Chris Harrison defined why he’s assured in James’ love story.

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In November 2020, ABC dropped its first promo trailer for James’ season of The Bachelor. The teaser highlighted a handful of beautiful limo entrances on the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, the preview gave viewers a glimpse of James’ Bachelor Nation debut as Salt-N-Pepa’s “Whatta Man” performed within the background. 

“Matt is a delicious man,” one in all James’ forged members mentioned in a confessional as clips of the brand new lead flashed by. 

Then, simply as issues began heating up in The Bachelor trailer, James advised Harrison he’s by no means been in love. But the host wasn’t phased. “My job is to change that,” he mentioned.

As the teaser continued, it appeared Harrison saved his phrase. James was noticed kissing a number of ladies. But the romance rapidly pale into drama, as quite a few contestants began crying on seemingly separate events.

“Do you feel ready for this?” Harrison requested James, who let loose a deep sigh. 

Chris Harrison explains Matt James’ remark in ‘The Bachelor’ trailer

'The Bachelor' Season 25 star Matt James in a promo photo for 2021
Matt James from ‘The Bachelor’ | Billy Kidd through Getty Images

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The Bachelor trailer left a number of followers questioning whether or not James is really able to fall in love. But when talking with The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay on Extra, Harrison hinted the promo missed a number of key factors from his dialog with James.

“Clearly, this was a quick promo that ABC wanted to use,” Harrison mentioned. “It’s a jarring statement for someone who is clearly here to find love, because how do you find something when you don’t know what it looks like? But to his defense, to go a little further in the conversation, it’s one of those things where you think you’ve been in love.”

He continued, “I think he realized once he got here, [he’s] never really, really been in love. So it’s not like he hasn’t had serious relationships, it’s not like he hasn’t explored that. But yeah, he got to the point where he realized, ‘I’ve never been in love.’ And that will be a hurdle to cross.”

Then when Lindsay requested how James will be capable of expertise real love for the primary time on actuality TV, Harrison welcomed the skepticism. 

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“That is the million-dollar question that we’re going to have to answer coming up in January. You’re not wrong about being leery about that,” he mentioned, noting his preliminary shock when James claimed he’s by no means been in love earlier than. “Obviously, I’ve been doing this a long time. And there are those statements that you hear and you’re like, whoa, OK. So I need to see how seriously he takes this. Is he really sincere about trying to figure out if he can find love or fall in love?”

But regardless of the case, Harrison nonetheless believes James has what it takes to search out love on The Bachelor

“He is an unbelievably sweet, sincere, kind, giving man. He has a huge, huge heart,” Harrison mentioned. “If he was a playboy, just over-the-top-charisma fratboy, we would be worried. But the fact that he is so grounded, has such a big heart, and is so philanthropic in every aspect of his life, I definitely tend to think he’s got what it takes to be that guy that can find love.”

When will ‘The Bachelor’ be launched in 2021?

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Of course, Bachelor Nation viewers are itching to see what occurs to James on his quest for love. But for now, all followers can do is wait. In an interview with Variety from October 2020, ABC government Rob Mills revealed that filming is anticipated to finish across the Thanksgiving vacation, and new episodes will begin airing within the new yr. 

“No matter what state the world is in January, this will be a very welcome respite from whatever is going on in the world,” Mills mentioned on the time. “Everyone is going to be so excited about this season.”

Then in November, the community confirmed The Bachelor Season 25 might be launched on Monday, Jan. 4, 2020. So prepare. 

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