A Funny Turn of Events: 'The Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Splits From His Wife

Chris Harrison, host of 'The Bachelor,' and his wife announced yesterday that they are separating. Does anyone else find this a little tiny bit funny?

A Funny Turn of Events: ‘The Bachelor’ Host Chris Harrison Splits From Wife

Chris Harrison, host of ‘The Bachelor,’ and his wife announced yesterday that they are separating. Does anyone else find this a little tiny bit funny?

-Lucia Peters

Chris and Gwen Harrison

Yesterday, The Bachelor’s host, Chris Harrison, announced that he and his wife Gwen are separating after 18 years.

Forgive me if I find this a little bit… funny.

Yes, I realize that saying so may make me a terrible person; but to be fair, I don’t mean funny ha-ha. I mean funny in that “Hey, isn’t it wacky that the guy who hosts a reality show which does nothing but facilitate sham marriages is now ending his own marriage?” kind of way.

The couple confirmed the news to People, who gave us a sound byte from their joint statement: “Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate,” they said, “our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children.”

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I could make the joke that maybe Chris might consider becoming the next contestant on his own show, but I won’t, because despite the irony involved in the situation, this is actually kind of sad. I mean, it’s usually sad when a marriage fails, but consider that Chris and Gwen were college sweethearts, and they have two kids together, Joshua, age 9, and Taylor, 7. They don’t live directly in the craziness that is Hollywood—they’re based 35 miles away—and Chris coaches both kids’ soccer teams. With the exception of the fact that Chris’ job is hosting the horribleness that is The Bachelor, they sound like they had a pretty charmed, suburban, happy family life—which is somewhat unusual for a showbiz family.

If they were terrific parents when they were together, though, they’ll probably be terrific co-parents as well, so at least there’s that.

And I DO still find it kind of funny that this is happening to the host of The Bachelor. Sorry. But I mean… it’s THE BACHELOR, for goodness’ sake!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.


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