“The Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison weighs in on the so-called “Brokeback Bachelor” romance
It seemed like a publicity stunt concocted by two bachelors seeking some screen time on ABC’s The Bachelorette.
But could there more to the dynamic between contestants Clint and JJ than the cheesy ‘Brokeback Bachelor’ promos that hinted at romance between two men who are supposed to be vying for the affections of a bachelorette named Kaitlyn.
‘It’s not just a simple bromance,’ host Chris Harrison tells TV Guide. ‘I don’t know what it is, but I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch the way they were talking and acting. I’m still not even sure what to make of it.’
In last week’s episode, Clint turned to the cameras and revealed why he wanted to remain on the show another week.
“I knew in the back of my head (Kaitlyn) wasn’t the right girl for me,’ he said. ‘But I love J.J. He has made my time in the house insanely enjoyable so I need to get a rose from Kaitlyn.’
Harrison says this week’s episode, airing Monday (8 June), will provide some more J.J. and Clint drama.
‘You’ll see a lot more,’ he promises. ‘There’s a massive betrayal [that has to do with] the Clint-J.J. relationship, the likes of which I don’t know if we’ve seen in a long time. It’s very explosive and I don’t find Clint as much of the bad guy in the house that J.J. seems to be.’
Harrison realizes there has been backlash about the use of the work Brokeback in promos, a reference to the film Brokeback Mountain, a gay love story starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
‘First of all, the fact that we would allude to that I’m not sure why that would outrage people. Why is that a bad thing?’ Harrison wonders.
‘I think what people are worried about is that it’s sensational and that if the show didn’t live up to the promo then that’s not fair. I get if it wasn’t in line with what we saw, but in my opinion it is.’