After the July 7 episode of ‘Bachelorette,’ many were shocked at the way Eric Hill’s death was revealed to Andi and the cast — but Chris Harrison is standing by the decision he made.
Chris Harrison knew that he would get backlash about the way The Bachelorette showed Andi Dorfman and the final four find out about the death of Eric Hill, but in a new blog, he revealed why he thought it would be “disrespectful” not to show it.
Chris Harrison: Eric Hill’s Death Was Handled The Best Way We Thought
“For 13 years we’ve built this franchise by showing you everything that happens, whether it’s good, bad, dramatic, or sad,” Chris wrote in his Entertainment Weekly blog. “I just didn’t see how all of a sudden because something so tragic affected all of us that we just wouldn’t show it; it didn’t make sense. What happened was horribly sad and tragic, but to me acting like it just didn’t happen and going on like Eric never existed seemed horribly dishonest and disrespectful.”
He went on to explain that he was in NYC at the time of Eric’s accident, co-hosting The View. However, he decided not to mention it on the show and wait — so he immediately flew back to LA afterward and emailed back and forth with producers on how to handle it.
In case you missed the episode, Chris had Andi and the final four meet at his home and he told them the news. Afterward, we saw the crew actually set down the cameras and come into the shot and hug and support the cast.
Chris Harrison: Telling The Cast & Crew Was ‘The Toughest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do’
Chris explained that since they had all been flying, he thought it’d be easier to meet at his home — he didn’t want to wait another day to inform everyone.
“I told Andi and the guys about Eric, and it was easily the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do on this show,” he wrote. “I was immediately glad we were all together and that we were at my home. You also saw how producers and crew all came in and we all shared a hug and a moment together. This went on late into the night as we all sat around and shared our grief. At the end of the night we were all sitting around sharing funny stories about Eric from our all-too-short time with him. When it was time to leave, we all shared a hug, raised a glass, and said goodnight.”
Chris received a ton of backlash on social media, and even wrote that he reads and appreciate every bit of it.
“As you saw, Andi was greatly affected by this, and it just made no sense to me to have ignored it because it was uncomfortable and sad. I know we all look at death and tragic events in life differently, so I appreciate the fact that there will be many opinions about this episode,” Chris explained. “I will read them all and take them in as best I can. I’m old and experienced enough in this life to know that I don’t have it all figured out and am far from perfect. I attempt to do my best and do what’s right, but that doesn’t mean I’m always right. In this case I’m not assuming I’m right. I just think we all did our best to do what was right, and I truly believe we handled an incredibly tragic situation the best we could.”
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— Emily Longeretta