“The Bachelor” Scandal “Unfortunate,” Says Host Chris Harrison

Season 14 of The Bachelor premieres tonight on ABC. Of course, The Bachelor wouldn’t be The Bachelor without a healthy dose of drama — after all, it is a reality show. Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor for the past eight seasons, is opening up about the scandal surrounding the new season of the hit docusoap.

On Monday, Harrison confirmed that a male producer was fired from The Bachelor: On The Wings Of Love after confessing to beginning a romantic relationship with one of the female contestants that was supposed to be competing for the affection of pilot Jake Pavelka.

“It was incredibly unfortunate, horrible decisions were made, this is something we took very serious and we couldn’t just sit by,” Harrison told 104.3 MYfm’s Valentine in the Morning.” “In fairness to Jake and the other women, [we thought] let’s just nip this in the bud, take care of it and that’s what we did.”

The explosive scandal, which includes a confrontation between Chris and the producer, will play out on the show.

“When it unfolds, it’s pretty uncomfortable… I felt bad for everyone.”