'Bachelorette' host Chris Harrison: Emily Maynard's season 'drastically different' than seasons past
"Emily's season is drastically different than anything we've ever done ... Her being a single mom definitely changed the tone, from night one," says Harrison. "She's looking at this from the perspective of being a parent ... throughout the show there was always that underlying issue of she's a mom and is this guy ready?"
Harrison also says that Emily being a mom and there being several single dads in the bachelor pool, plus the average age of the men being a little higher definitely contribute to less of the superficial drama we've seen in seasons before.
"You don't have the frat house humor and the frat house drama that maybe you've seen in seasons past with younger contestants or maybe contestants that weren't parents," says Harrison. "Things have a more serious tone and bigger issues. Calling it drama almost doesn't do it justice, to what happens ... it's not the superficial drama that you've maybe seen in seasons past."
As for how the season progresses, a lot of it hinges upon the woman that Emily Maynard is, which Harrison says may surprise viewers - it certainly surprised him.
"There are some dates where she's pushed to the limit and it says a lot about her and it says a lot about the guy she's with, how he handles it and how he takes care of her," says Harrison. "There's surprises along the way and there's drama she has to deal with, but I think what people will love, especially single moms out there, is Emily is holding that banner high and she will do everybody proud."
"There are moments," Harrison continues. "Where everybody's gonna say, 'Damn, girl. Well done. Way to handle it.' You think Emily's this delicate little flower and she is, right up until the time where she needs to handle her business and she handles it well."
"She gives these guys enough rope to hang themselves and some of these guys do. Some of these guys, she realizes, aren't father material, aren't husband material. And she'll dismiss them. She has no problem clearing the decks. It's a fun, fresh side of Emily that people don't know," Harrison finishes. "I didn't know Emily as well as I thought I did until this season. It's very refreshing. There's a lot more to her than meets the eye."
As viewers who were skeptical of the show choosing Emily - because we were not wild about her on Brad's season - we are pleased to hear it and intrigued to see how that plays out. We also love Harrison's sly sense of humor.
When asked about Emily not being crazy about hot tubs, Harrison deadpans, "Hot tubs always mysteriously appear. That's in the contract, that we always have blow-up hot tubs, on-call, 24/7."
"The Bachelorette" premieres Monday, May 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, right after the final performances on "Dancing With the Stars." Then "Bachelorette" moves to its regular timeslot, 8 p.m. ET/PT, on Monday, May 21.