By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
With the future of Emily Maynard‘s love life in the hands of either Arie Luyendyk Jr. or Jef Holm, Bachelorette host Chris Harrison exclusively revealed that the decision is coming down to the wire more than ever before.
“I think it’s been a phenomenal season, people have really rallied around Emily, they love her,” the longtime host told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview at the ESPN The Magazine ‘Body Issue’ launch party in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
“They could not have been more divided on the final three between Sean, Arie and Jef. Obviously Sean was just bid adieu, but before that this has been a three-horse race coming to the end,” he explained.
“We’ve never had three guys like this and a Bachelorette who has really been falling for all of them in a way. It’s been an extraordinary season.”
Now that former frontrunner Sean Lowe has already been kicked to the curb, the final rose decision will be a winner either way, predicts Harrison.
“Once she narrowed it down to those three then she couldn’t go wrong – they all love her, they all respect her, they’re all great with Ricki, they all offered her different lifestyles, and they are very similar in the way they treated her,” he gushed.
For the first time in its history, the franchise traveled across the country and set up shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, so that the single mom didn’t have to relocate her family.
“Taking the show on the road and being in her hometown was huge, but having Ricki around really made this season completely different,” Chris explained to Radar. “It’s a soap opera, it changes every season and is never the same.
As to whether they will base future seasons in different cities, Harrison said that remains to be seen. “It really is dictated by the Bachelorette or Bachelor as it has become so organic, it wouldn’t make sense for everybody but it made sense for Emily.”
The big finale of The Bachelorette airs Sunday, July 22 on ABC.