Bachelor Pad's Chris Harrison on the Kissing Contest: I Wanted to Hose Them Down
Peyton Wright and Jesse Beck
On this week's Bachelor Pad, the season's first relationship, Natalie and Jesse B., split, and each found someone new. Host Chris Harrison calls Jesse and his new hookup Peyton, "the most unlikely couple" in the franchise's history. Plus: What does Harrison think about Wes serenading the already-spoken-for Gia?
TVGuide.com: Did you expect Jesse and Peyton to get together?
Chris Harrison: No, I don't think anybody did. It's got to be the most unlikely couple in Bachelor history.
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TVGuide.com: What about Wes and Gia becoming so close?
Harrison: He's like the Pied Piper ... no woman can resist.
TVGuide.com: Didn't you know "he's like the modern-day Shakespeare"?
Harrison: I feel bad for Gia that she actually said that out loud. I remember Shakespeare having many sonnets and poems and stories and Wes seems to have one. I love her and I respect her, but I do love and respect her just a little bit less today. Wes isn't a bad guy and I don't know what the deal is between [Gia] and her boyfriend, but now that she's off the show maybe there's a shot for them.
TVGuide.com: Was it your idea to have a kissing contest for this week's challenge?
Harrison: I will not take credit for that and standing there that close was one of the most uncomfortable things I've ever done. Every time they were kissing I wanted to get a hose and hose them down. I was talking to Jesse this weekend and he was, like, it was disgusting, the girls ramming their tongues down your throat. The girls thought: This is what guys want, they're going to think it's really hot. So I thought it was ironic that sweet little Peyton ended up winning.
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TVGuide.com: What did you think about Natalie's antics on her Vegas date with Dave?
Harrison: She's someone who just doesn't mind doing what it takes and using what she has to get what she wants.
TVGuide.com: Is Tenley's jealousy toward Kiptyn going to come back to bite her?
Harrison: No, just because I think there's enough other drama and ridiculousness going on that she'll be overshadowed. [But] she's insecure and she gets upset; the slightest thing set her off.
TVGuide.com: The previews for next week show lots of crying.
Harrison: It's funny how some of the competitions like the pie-eating contest has no ramifications in the house, but the kissing contest had a little bit of a ripple effect. Next week it's something that we thought would be fun and funny, but it absolutely tears everybody apart. For some of the guys like Jesse Kovacks, it's an interesting life lesson they learn next week. A lot of feelings get hurt [and] it gets really personal.
TVGuide.com: And friends will soon have to go after each other.
Harrison: There's nobody left in the house now where it's not going to be personal. There's no easy [target like] Jonathan or Michelle. Eventually the insiders have to start eating their own.
Watch the preview for next week's challenge: