In 14 seasons of The Bachelor and six seasons of The Bachelorette, a few people fighting for the final rose have also been in the race for money and fame (see: Justin, the "Rated R" wrestler). So it was only a matter of time before producers turned one of reality TV's biggest dating shows into a competition for love AND money. Bachelor Pad, premiering Monday at 8/7c on ABC, brings 19 contestants back to see who will find chemistry, who will walk away with some extra cash, and who will choose love over money? Bachelor winner-turned-runner-up Melissa Rycroft, now married and expecting her first child, returns to the show as a co-host. She talked to TVGuide.com about how it was "awkward" going from contestant to host and the "unreal" drama coming up this season...
In a surprising twist to the typical Bachelor and Bachelorette endings, Ali Fedotowsky only had one man show up to the final rose ceremony. She took a leap of faith, and Roberto, in turn, proposed. Host Chris Harrison calls that moment "lightning in a bottle" and tells TVGuide.com his advice for the new couple. Plus: Will runner-up Chris be the next Bachelor?
It's decision time for the Bachelorette and honestly, Ali Fedotowsky has her work cut out for her. "She really can't go wrong," says host Chris Harrison of the man-tastic task facing this season's singleton. So will it be Roberto, the hard-bodied insurance agent from Charleston, South Carolina, or sexy and sensitive Massachusetts landscaper Chris L.? Here's Harrison's take on Ali's prospective picks...
This season's "Men Tell All" episode of The Bachelorette was light-hearted and fun — because two of this season's most talked-about contestants, Justin and Frank, weren't there. As Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com, Justin chose not to show, while Frank was purposely excluded so that he could appear on next week's "After the Finale Rose." Harrison shares what didn't make it on this week's episode — including Derrick (aka "Shooter") explaining why he chose to tell such an embarrassing story on Night One — and also which of the final two men remaining, Roberto and Chris L., is the overwhelming favorite to win Ali's heart.
Although viewers weren't surprised to see Frank leave Ali on this week's Bachelorette, host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com his exit left more questions than answers. Why does Harrison think Frank took the easy way out? And with Ali's intense chemistry with Roberto and her deep connection with Chris L., can Ali "screw this up?" Plus: A surprise guest stops by the Men Tell All.
As Bachelorette Ali and her final three suitors embark on exotic dates in Tahiti, Frank may let his doubts lead him to exit. But for viewers annoyed that they've already been spoiled by previews, Chris Harrison says, "If you think you think you've seen everything, you haven't." Plus: Was Roberto in his baseball uniform cheesy or adorable?
TVGuide.com: What did you think of this week's episode?
Chris Harrison: I love the hometown episodes because it takes the show in a...
Vienna Girardi and Jake Pavelka
Although Ali Fetodowsky is the star of this season's Bachelorette, the breakup of last season's Bachelor couple, Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, has taken center stage. In a reunion that got as heated as ABC previewed (you can watch the video below), Vienna called Jake a "fame whore," while Jake maintained he was constantly "undermined and emasculated" by his fiancée. Host Chris Harrison shared his thoughts with TVGuide.com and why he believes Jake has been burned by the fame flame. Plus: Harrison talks about Ali's choice to cut Ty and how her relationship with Chris L. is "normal" for her.
TVGuide.com: Did you think it would get so intense between Jake and Vienna?
Chris Harrison: No ...
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi
Wow, did not expect this one! As a longtime member of Team Jake, it was with a slack jaw and a sick feeling that I watched Jake Pavelka morph from The Bachelor's aww-shucks stud into a bitter, aggressive pile of suck during last night's "break-up special" interview with Chris Harrison...
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi
Just two weeks after Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi split, ABC is saying that their first post-breakup reunion won't be cordial.
The Bachelor's Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi split
Most viewers knew this week's The Bachelorette would reveal contestant Justin had a girlfriend. But host Chris Harrison says the real drama was not who the two-timer was cheating, but how Ali would react to it. Even the harshest critics who assail the show's authenticity have to admit, as Harrison puts it, that they "couldn't have signed, sealed and delivered more evidence." Plus: Harrison shares details on next week's reunion between The Bachelor's newly split couple Jake and Vienna.
TVGuide.com: What were you thinking as you broke the news of Justin's secret girlfriend to Ali?
Chris Harrison: Ali always had her reservations about Justin, so I knew ...