With evvvvveryone talking about The Bachelorette’s finale and After the Final Rose special this week, host Chris Harrison is having a moment. And now he’s got a new deal to prove it: The affable reality star (and beloved EW blogger!) will be producing and hosting red carpet coverage for the TV Guide Network, where he already anchors and produces the weekly entertainment news show Hollywood 411. He and Dancing With the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba, who are replacing Joey Fatone and Lisa Rinna, will be chatting up stars at awards shows and major events, starting with the Emmys on Sept. 20. Harrison’s goal, in both his hosting and producing capacities, is to make TV Guide Network the red carpet destination for both stars and viewers seeking “a good interview. There are just too many people covering the red carpet who make it about themselves. I’m not the story. The day is about Brad and Angelina.” So has his time with countless Bachelors and Bachelorettes done any good to prepare him for going one-on-one with the stars? “I don’t know if I’ll offer any relationship advice, but I want no rose tie-ins. That was in my contract.”
Speaking of roses, Harrison is still hearing from fans about his heart-to-heart with Jillian during the Bachelorette finale, when she was deciding between Reid’s surprise return and Ed’s ultimate proposal: “All she needed was to talk her way into what she already knew: That she woke up that morning wanting to marry Ed. I was in the control room watching her sit on the couch and try to decide what to do, and I said, ‘I’m gonna go out and talk to her.’ I knew I just had to try and listen to her. She knew what to do, she just needed to hear herself say it.” As for random internet speculation about whether Ed and Jillian are still together, he says, “There are all these conspiracy theories. We finally give people what the happy ending they were clamoring for and they’re still not happy!”
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