Chris Harrison is speaking out about Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe split from fiancé Shawn Booth.
“Yes and no,” Harrison responded when asked whether he was surprised to learn the two had called off their engagement. “I mean, I’m in very close contact with Kaitlyn, she’s a very good friend of mine. I usually stay in touch with those who are the Bachelor [and] Bachelorette.”
“I was kind of like a counselor off-air talking to her and trying to help them cause they were really fighting for it, trying to make it work,” Harrison said. “Eventually they just had to come to the inevitable conclusion it’s not going to work and go their separate ways.”
“After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways. This difficult decision comes after thoughtful, respectful consideration,” the statement read. “Even though we are parting as a couple, we’re very much committed to remaining friends. We have both evolved as people, which is taking us in different directions, but with the hope that we will continue to support each other in new ways. Due to the nature of how we met, our relationship has always been very public, and we have enjoyed sharing it with all of you, but we ask that you respect our decision and our privacy at this time.”