Chris Harrison: Why We Aired Eric Hill’s Bachelorette Elimination After He Died
Last night, “The Bachelorette” aired Eric Hill’s heated argument with Andi Dorfman, which led to his early elimination from the show. Hill, who tragically died in the paragliding accident in April, was shown calling Dorfman a “TV actress” with a “poker face,” causing her to break down and lash out. Many questioned, in light of Hill’s death, whether airing the footage was the right thing to do.
The show’s host, Chris Harrison, revealed that producers initially weren’t going to air Hill’s dramatic exit, but then decided it would be “inappropriate and insensitive” not to. “Originally, we even had [last night’s episode] just regular with the rose ceremony cut and the cocktail party as usual,” Harrison told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. “We all sat down and watched it and it just didn’t feel right whatsoever, and it seemed inappropriate and a little insensitive,” Harrison said of Hill being edited out of the episode.
“We adjusted according to just the mood in the room from all of us watching it,” he added. Harrison said, “Nothing’s been abundantly clear throughout this entire situation and the tragedy with his death,” explaining, “We’ve really been playing it as we’ve gone and have made a lot of game time decisions with respect to how we feel and how everybody feels at the time and what we feel is right.”
As for Hill’s final conversation with Dorfman, Harrison noted, “Eric stepped in something that every guy who’s ever dated ever has stepped in before.” “It was wrong place, wrong time and wrong sentiment,” said the host.
Harrison said Dorfman was “tired” and “emotionally on edge… I think any other day, maybe in another situation, it wouldn’t have been nearly that big of a deal.” “He made a salient point and I think he probably didn’t articulate it the best he could have and I don’t think she was in the right frame of mind to take that anyway,” added the host.
Harrison told reporters they are still unsure how they will handle the footage of Dorfman and her remaining suitors learning of Hill’s death. He did confirm that cameras were rolling during that difficult time. “We shot several things as it happened just to have it because once you move past that, you can’t go back and reshoot those types of things,” he explained.
“It’s something you can’t just brush by and ignore because it had such an effect on everybody,” felt Harrison. “I think it would be confusing, like why is she sad; why the guys are saying what they’re saying if there’s nothing to relate back to what’s bringing on that emotion.” “Obviously we’re going to have to deal with it in some way, we know that,” he added. “We’re just not sure to what extent and how.” Do you think “The Bachelorette” should have aired Hill’s elimination?