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‘UnREAL’ Creators Have Amazing Response To Chris Harrison’s Critique

Fri, July 31, 2015 11:12am EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments
UnREAL Responds Chris Harrison
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When Chris Harrison felt the need to call ‘UnREAL’ ‘really terrible,’ we couldn’t wait to hear what the creators would think — and they’re actually pretty pleased by ‘The Bachelor’ host’s comments!

After the host of The BachelorChris Harrison straight up called Lifetime’s UnREAL, “terrible” and claimed “no one is watching,” you’d think that EP Marti Noxon would be offended — but actually, she’s the complete opposite. Yes, she spoke out at a Paley Center event on July 30, admitting that she was actually flattered by Chris’ comments.

“Honestly, I was thrilled. I was so excited because I was like, ‘Oh, my God, they noticed us!’” Marti Noxon told our sister publication, TVLine. “His dislike of the show was not surprising to me, so it didn’t hurt my feelings.” She also added that “any press is good press,” and in this case it’s more fun for her. “I’m like a nerd. The captain of the football team is talking about me, even if he’s saying, ‘Hey, nerd!'”

Plus, Constance Zimmer pointed out that Chris Harrison’s diss means he “admits that he watches it.” Good call, Quinn!

Chris Harrison Fires At ‘UnREAL’

Well that’s a good way to look at it. In case you missed it, Chris Harrison spoke out to Variety during The Bachelorette‘s Men Tell All special, and he was not at all happy about the show. “The main difference that I’ve seen is that people watch The Bachelor,” he said. “It’s complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails — they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it — at the end of the day, no one is watching. I mean, absolutely nobody is watching that show. Why? It is terrible. It is really terrible.”

While yes, the ratings of UnREAL are not as high as The Bachelor, the addicting Lifetime drama did just get picked up for season two, and I’ve got to say — you won’t be able to turn it off.

Chris also compared the show to SNL spoofs. “You only do that when you are part of the vernacular,” he said. “If not, you can’t make a joke. It’s a sign of respect. The way that UnREAL took it, it wasn’t a sign of respect. They were trying to take it another direction, but it doesn’t work that way.”

Alright guys, do you like The Bachelor or UnREAL better?

— Emily Longeretta