Chris Harrison is once again hosting a new season of “The Bachelorette,” with Emily Maynard, but although he and his wife of 18 years, Gwen Jones, recently split, he has no plans to join his own franchise as a contestant.
“I would be the worst ‘Bachelor’ ever,” Chris told Access Hollywood correspondent Jill Martin on Wednesday in New York City.
“No game?” Jill asked.
“I don’t know. I haven’t had to have ‘game’ in a long time. I mean, the last time I went on a date was 22 years ago,” he said.
That date was with Gwen, who Chris met during his sophomore year of college. The recently separated couple has two kids, another reason why a role reversal on “The Bachelor” isn’t likely.
“Right now, they are your focus,” Jill said of Chris’ children.
“They are, which is very true. Having gotten out of a 22-year relationship, I don’t think I would be the best candidate anyway,” he said. “The majority of my day is more surrounded around the kids going to lacrosse practice or piano or voice or whatever.”
Chris also pointed out that it would be hard to head in front of the cameras, having been a part of the production for a decade.
“It’s kind of like the whole ‘Wizard of Oz’ thing. I’ve lived behind the curtain for 10 years. It just wouldn’t work. These producers are… they’re family,” Chris said. “We’ve been travelling together, our kids have grown up together… Behind the scenes, there’s this amazing travelling circus family and we’ve all grown up together.”
Chris was in New York City to co-host “Live! with Kelly” alongside Kelly Ripa on Wednesday, an experience he said was “awesome.”
“Hosting with Kelly – she makes it so easy,” he said. “She does the heavy lifting.”