‘The Bachelorette’ Host Chris Harrison Teases Finale: ‘Is This Going to End How Tayshia Wants It to?’
Typically by this point in a season of "The Bachelorette," viewers have a pretty good idea of who the leading lady will choose as her future fiancé. But with Tayshia Adams two-part final kicking off tonight, a winner isn't as obvious as it has been in previous seasons.
Adams joined "The Bachelorette," replacing original star Clare Crawley, who fell in love with candidate Dale Moss early and left the season just weeks later - an unprecedented turn of events for the dating show. However, host Chris Harrison says the move isn't necessarily why it hasn't emerged as a clear winner.
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"At the end of the day, she got pretty much the same amount of time every other Bachelorette got," Harrison says of Adams' time on television.
"I just think she doesn't really have a guy, which makes it so difficult. It's really crucial," Harrison said in a recent interview with Variety. "It took us a little longer to get to know these guys and I think "It took Tayshia a little longer to get to know her on a deeper level, so I think you are just getting to know the meat of these guys who carry their souls to her and really fall in love. But it took a little longer."
Adams' finalists were Zac Clark, Ivan Hall and Brendan Morais. Last week, Adams shockingly sent fan favorite Ben Smith home to take a look at his mental health during the season. In promos for the finale, Adams can be seen crying hysterically where her possible proposal is.
Harrison teases how the trip will end and says, “I can tell you that these men fall in love with Tayshia, and that Tayshia falls in love. The big question is, "Will this end the way Tayshia wants it?"
Whether Tayshia's search for love ends in a proposal is in the air and the host remains a mother.
“Tayshia, I can tell you, is ready for a proposal. She wants this. She wants to find this, ”shares Harrison. “But will these men be ready to take this step? That's the big question. "
There have been twists and turns in previous seasons after the cameras stopped rolling. For example, former "Bachelor" Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed Becca Kufrin and got engaged at the TV finale. But over the next two months he had a change of heart, realizing he was in love with another contestant, Lauren Burnham, and broke away with Kufrin, who was edited later in the season. (Kufrin later became a Bachelorette while Luyendyk Jr. and Burnham were married, have one child, and are currently expecting twins.)
When asked if Adams's season took any dramatic steps after production ended, Harrison says, “After we stop recording you never know because life takes over. We saw everything from switches to other people. Clare and Dale seem great right now, and I hope they continue to do so, and Bachelor Nation will see where Tayshia is from the end of production to now - that's the million dollar question. "
Speaking of Crawley and Moss, will the happy couple appear in the finals for some kind of update?
"I think your updates are kind of finished because you know where they are," reveals Harrison. "There's really nothing to update. Now you'll only see them on social media. They're fine."
With a major casting shakeup, this season of "The Bachelorette" was literally the most dramatic the franchise had ever seen, not to mention the suspension of production due to the industry shutdown last spring with COVID-19.
The production of "The Bachelorette" was delayed, causing the season to be moved from spring to autumn. The next season of "The Bachelor" starring Matt James got back on track and, as usual, will premiere in the first week of January (although James, like Crawley and Adams, also filmed his season in a quarantine bubble at a resort.) However, the summer series “Bachelor In Paradise” was a victim of the pandemic, which in 2020 could never be filmed.
Will Bachelor Nation see a season of “Bachelor In Paradise” in 2021?
"Knock on wood," says Harrison. "When you have wood, knock on it!"
After James' season of "The Bachelor" airs this winter, the next season of "Bachelorette" will go into production and air as usual in the spring. Then, if the travel restrictions are safe enough to send the production to Mexico, Bachelor In Paradise would film for a summer season.
"Like the rest of the world, we are waiting for these vaccines to see if they will change the world the way we all hope it will," Harrison said. “What we hear from doctors and the CDC is that it can happen until mid-spring and that would be wonderful for us because we don't shoot 'Paradise' until the summer so we really have time for the vaccine to change things. "
"I hope we'll be back on the beaches of Mexico this summer and make ridiculous decisions," he says.
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