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Chris Harrison on Bachelor Nation Romance Rumors, Re-Casting News, and ‘Listen to Your Heart’

Chris Harrison on Bachelor Nation Romance Rumors, Re-Casting News, and ‘Listen to Your Heart’
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There is never a lack of Bachelor Nation news, and even during quarantine the franchise’s stars are making headlines.

The newest installment, “Listen to Your Heart,” is set to premiere Monday, and host Chris Harrison chatted with “Extra’s” Renee Bargh about the new show and all the past contestants making headlines these days.

So what does Chris know about Peter Weber’s reunion with Kelley Flanagan?

“Only what he just announced, which is they’re in quarantine together, so they are together, but they’re not together,” he said of the pair isolating with another Bachelor Nation star, Dustin Kendrick, in Chicago.

Recently, Hannah Brown joined Tyler Cameron in Florida as part of his Quarantine Crew. They also claim they are just friends. Does Chris buy that?

Harrison joked, “Friends with benefits maybe, I don’t know… If they find love in these quarantine times… that’s going to be a new show.”

He also brought Renee up to speed with Clare Crawley’s season of “The Bachelorette.” “I was thinking today, we would be halfway done. Clare would have found the love of her life by this point… We’re all chomping at the bit to get back to work.”

Chris addressed reports that they are re-casting for Clare’s season, saying, “Well, we are casting. I do want to put that out there. We are opening up casting for ‘The Bachelorette’ and for ‘The Bachelor,’ because we're going to go right into ‘Bachelor’ production… The thought, Renee, that all of these guys are going to be number one, healthy, we pray they are, but… the thought that all these people can take off and do this again is pretty ignorant. We just have to be prepared to have a whole new cast, partial new cast, maybe nobody, we don’t know.”

We do know we will be able to watch “Listen to Your Heart.” Harrison said, “It’s ‘A Star Is Born’ meets ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’ You know that moment of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga being at the Oscars and we thought, ‘Man, they could just make love right then and there.’ Could we create that? Could we sprinkle the ‘Bachelor’ dust on top of that and create a real-life version of ‘A Star Is Born’ — and that’s what this show is all about.”

What about the drama aspect? “Yes and no, are there villains? Not in the typical ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ way. It’s just a different vibe and different feel to it.”

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