It’s been over a year since The Bachelor franchise and former host Chris Harrison parted ways. Harrison may be gone, but it seems he has definitely not been forgotten. In fact, a social media comment recently left by entertainment reporter Lauren Zima, who is also Harrison’s fiancé, drew quite a bit of attention. Zima may have thought this would go largely unnoticed, but that definitely didn’t happen.
Here’s what you need to know:
It seemed like the drama started on July 13 with a TikTok post from “Zachary Reality.” He posts content on The Bachelor franchise as well as other reality TV shows, and this post was about low ratings for Season 19 of The Bachelorette. He suggested several possible reasons for the ratings drop, including whether it was related to Harrison’s departure. About a week after the post originally went online, Zima commented. “For me, it’s Chris Harrison,” she remarked.
Now Zima’s comment appears as the top one on this TikTok. She received over 460 “likes” and 30 comments for it. Some “Bachelorette” fans agreed that they missed Harrison and wanted him back. However, Zima also faced quite a bit of headwind.
“He was in every episode 5 minutes an episode. No, keep him retired,” one person replied.
“Wasn’t he the host for years of ratings decline to start Baby Girl? For me it’s the racist friend,” another clapped back.
“Wait, do you really think your racist friend’s two minutes of screen time a week was what got viewers tuning in? Karen Zima still lives up to her name,” countered another reviewer.
Zachary Reality released an additional TikTok post on July 27th, in which he referenced Zima’s previous comment and shared the backstory of her romance with Harrison. Around the same time, Reddit caught up with Zima’s comment and built a long thread from there on The Bachelor subreddit. Several posters pointed out that TV or streaming viewers now have many more dating-related shows to choose from than they did in the early days of “The Bachelor” franchise. A few people even admitted they enjoyed Jesse Palmer as the host more than Harrison did in the role. Some people agreed that they genuinely missed Harrison, but there were many comments aimed at Zima.
“I think if she’s bitter about losing her podcast talking about the show and being able to contribute more when CH was the host, she should take it out on her fiancé. I think she loved the show and was so connected to it. Reads like petty and someone who wants something to fail since she can no longer be a part of it,” noted one reviewer.
“I think she meant it less petty than petty… But I still can’t believe she even commented on that. I think she could have just left that alone,” confirmed the Redditor who started the thread.
“Imagine leaving public comments defending your racist friend’s deadened career centered around emotionally abusive 20-somethings. Give it up Chica, nobody wants Chris Harrison back when they have a harmless, hotter version to do the easy hosting gig,” explained another reviewer.
Over the course of just one day, nearly 300 comments were received, and few of them were praising either Zima or Harrison. In fact, most Redditors’ comments indicated that people on this subreddit were essentially in agreement. As one person remarked, “For me, it’s the deception,” and that sentiment seemed to be widespread.