Chris Harrison is pro-equality and pro-gay marriage, but he still doesn’t think we’ll see a gay “Bachelor” any time soon. The host tells the New York Times that he doesn’t think ABC will stray from its hit formula — it’s still doing well, so why change?
“The question is: Is it a good business decision,” he asks the NYT. “I just spoke at U.S.C. the other night, and I explained it like this: Look, if you’ve been making pizzas for 12 years and you’ve made millions of dollars and everybody loves your pizzas and someone comes and says, ‘Hey, you should make hamburgers.’ Why? I have a great business model, and I don’t know if hamburgers are going to sell.”
It’s not that he doesn’t think people should be able to see themselves represented on TV, it’s just that it might not be ABC’s prerogative to do so. “Is our job to break barriers, or is it a business? That’s not for me to answer,” he says.
ABC isn’t likely to have a chubby or less hunky-looking “Bachelor” any time soon, either. “No. You know why? Because that’s not attractive, and television is a very visual medium,” he says. “I know that sounds horrible to say, but I know that at 42, in the eyes of television, I’m old and unattractive. Sure, I can put a suit and tie on, but I have hair on my chest and I don’t have a 12-pack. I live a healthy life, but I don’t do eight hours in the gym, nor do I want to. And I don’t eat 50,000 egg whites.”
The possibility of a gay Bachelor made headlines earlier in 2014 when current Bachleor Juan Pablo Galavis told a reporter that he didn’t think a gay Bachelor would be a “good idea for kids to watch.” He later apologized.