When a happily married Chris Harrison began hosting The Bachelor back in 2002, he had no idea that he would one day be looking for love again himself. Now, a year after announcing that he and wife Gwen split after 18 years of marriage, Chris opens up in this week’s In Touch about diving back into the dating pool and why he would be a terrible ‘Bachelor’. “I really don’t [think I’d be able to find love on The Bachelor],” Chris, 41, explains. “I could never walk in with the innocence or naïveté you need.”
Single again for the first time since the age of 18, Chris admits he’d make for a lousy contestant. “I’m too low-profile for the show,” Chris tells In Touch, on newsstands now. “I’d be the guy that would get kicked off after episode five, and everybody would be like, "Who the hell is that guy? Was he even on the show?"
Although the dad of two (he shares custody of Joshua, 10, and Taylor, 8, with his ex) is “slowly but surely getting back in there,” Chris says of the dating game, “Women are more aggressive than I remember!”
One way he's navigating the dating world? With his app, At First Sight. "It has video profiles, so you get to really see and hear people," he explains. "I have a profile on there and I write everybody back who has reached out to me."
Not ready to give up on love, Chris gushes to In Touch that Modern Family’s Julie Bowen is his one and only crush on the small screen. “She’s fascinatingly awesome and extremely funny!” But he draws the line at his own TV show and laughs at the prospect of dating any past ‘Bachelorettes’. “I would say pull the trigger!” he jokes.
For more from Chris Harrison on his dating life, why he hates standing next to Bachelor Sean Lowe, and what he’s looking for in a woman, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.