Chris Harrison, the host of The Bachelor, has continuously defended Ben Flajnik for following his heart, even if it meant sending home many of the women suited for him so he could get a model for a fiancÃ©. And Chris has even admired Courtney Robertson for going the extra mile to get Ben's attention, including the aggressive attitude during their alone-time and the infamous skinny dipping.
And now Chris is speaking out to PEOPLE about Ben's final decision which will air tonight and hosting the darkest season of this romantic competition to date. "It doesn't compare at all to other seasons. It's more competitive, darker and has raised a lot of debate and outrage from viewers," Harrison explains to the magazine. "Ben was taken aback by the public outcry and the anger he's faced. The Courtney thing was not easy for him to endure." Well, it isn't really an excuse considering Ben got every warning in the book and even questioned Courtney himself, yet he kept choosing her. No wonder the public attacked him.
So does Chris Harrison think that Ben has a chance of finding true love with either Lindzi or Courtney on The Bachelor despite the season being so controversial? "For him to go through so much trouble and pain, unless he's a masochist, definitely leads me to believe he wants to find love. ... A lesser guy - or a guy who didn't care - would have checked out a long time ago. But he fought like hell the entire time and ended up with a final two he really connected with and cared about," Harrison explains.
Is Chris Harrison just a lover of romance or does he actually think that Ben and Courtney have a chance at finding everlasting love? Well, perhaps Ben is too caught up in the public drama, including all of the scrutiny he has gone through by his continuous decision of picking Courtney, to actually see what an opportunity he had in finding love. Perhaps 6 months down the road when the drama has settled, Ben will realize that Courtney was just a temporary lust.