From besties to barely talking. Kaitlyn Bristowe shaped a decent bond with Chris Harrison when she joined Bachelor Nation, however the pair’s connection has wavered over time.
Throughout a January 2023 look on the “Not Skinny However Not Fats” podcast, Bristowe claimed that her mentor place on Katie Thurston’s 2021 season of The Bachelorette — which got here amid Harrison’s exit from the franchise — strained their friendship.
“They supplied me the place to come back in, and what the Bachelor franchise mentioned [I was there to do] was to mentor Katie,” she defined. “[They said] I wouldn’t be changing Chris. Then all these articles began popping out, saying, ‘Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe changing Chris Harrison.’”
Harrison was formally let go from his longtime Bachelor franchise internet hosting gig in June 2021 after garnering backlash for defending controversial season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell — who made headlines for her racially insensitive previous — that February.
Bristowe recalled feeling “icky” on the considered taking her pal’s job and claimed that she “messaged Chris in all probability about 10 instances with out him responding.”
The Canada native added that she “bawled” her “eyes out” after her relationship with the tv persona “simply felt prefer it went down the bathroom.”
Shortly after the Dancing With the Stars alum dished on the falling out, she reunited with Harrison throughout a February 2023 episode of his “Most Dramatic Podcast Ever.”
Through the episode, the Who Desires to Be a Millionaire alum addressed Bristowe’s claims that she had texted him “about 10 instances” after being supplied the mentorship function.
“Seven of [the messages] have been simply that day,” he claimed. “And I’m not going to learn them to you, but it surely was a type of issues the place she missed a phrase and she or he’s like, ‘Wait, I meant this, meant this.’ So, it wasn’t such as you have been hammering me with textual content messages, [saying] ‘Name me, name me, name me.’ It was actually this one pressure of ideas that got here out on someday.”
Harrison continued: “Per week later [or] so that you mentioned, ‘Hey if you happen to get an opportunity name me.’ And so there wasn’t ghosting.”
The Texas native additionally emphasised that the shift of their friendship wasn’t because of laborious emotions about Bristowe and Adams signing on for season 17.
“It had nothing — and I imply, nothing — to do with you and Tayshia internet hosting the present. It needed to do with the truth that I used to be going by way of one thing extraordinary. … And I don’t imply this in a condescending manner, it had nothing to do with you or Tayshia,” he mentioned.
After listening to Harrison’s perspective, Bristowe conceded that in hindsight she “completely get[s]” why the sport present host didn’t prioritize responding to her on the time.
Scroll by way of to see Bristowe and Harrison’s ups and downs over time: