During an interview with Variety, Harrison slammed the Lifetime show - which tells the behind-the-scenes story of a thinly veiled version of The Bachelor. "It's complete fiction," Harrison said. "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."
But the UnREAL cast and creators don't hold Harrison's comments against him. In fact, they're happy Harrison even acknowledged them at all. "Honestly, I'm just super flattered that he noticed us at all," co-creator Marti Noxon told Entertainment Weekly. "I was just thrilled!"
While actor Josh Kelly acknowledged that "all publicity is good publicity," he did have a problem with Harrison misrepresenting the popularity of show. "His argument was unfounded," Kelly told Variety. "It's just not true. Our show is doing well and has been seen by a lot of people, and so it's fine. I hope he just keeps watching and he's open to watching us and liking us and knowing that these guys are all awesome and we're not trying to ruin his show."
Unlike Harrison, Noxon and co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, a former producer on The Bachelor, plan on taking the high road. As they revealed to Entertainment Weekly, they won't let Harrison's remarks influence the way they write the host of UnREAL's reality show in Season 2. "We're not into revenge characters," Noxon said.
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