Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik Just Might Work, Bachelor's Chris Harrison Opines

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The Bachelor host Chris Harrison spoke to reporters via conference call today and shared his thoughts on the re-engaged Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson.

Chris paints a fair portrait of the controversial couple, and sympathizes with Courtney (though he concedes he and his family were Team Lindzi from the start).

Will the couple make it? Will we see them on TV again? And what was it like whipping out that ring on the After the Final Rose special? So many questions.

Excerpts from his lengthy interview on all of that and more below:

Courtney, Ben

On whether he's rooting for rooting Ben and Courtney:

"Of course I'm rooting them on. You know, why wouldn't you?"

"I mean, I know that she wasn't the most popular choice and that if you put it to America's vote maybe she wouldn't have been in it, but I think the important thing and the great thing about the show is that was Ben's choice."

"Why not respect that? Who am I not to respect that? And so of course I wish them the best and the million dollar question, will they make it? Who knows? Who's to say which couples make it in life? But I wish them the very best. 

On pulling out the ring on ATFR:

"Yes, in 10 years of doing this show that's never happened before. Usually, the couple’s either broken up or they're together and you know definitively one way or the other, and really for the first time I did not know how that show was going to go."

"So, it was very awkward holding that ring and handing it to him and even in handing it to him I wasn't sure it was going to happen. It was a really awkward moment, but I think it was a pivotal moment, showing them their proposal again."

"Getting them back in that space and remembering what it was all about and how happy they were and then putting the ring back on her finger turned out to be a beautiful moment. But I guess it could have gone the opposite direction." 

On how Ben and Courtney actually click:

"They're both kind of quirky people and in a weird way they very much fit. He really liked the way [Courtney Robertson] challenged him and she never took what he called 'The Ben pill' and just went with the status quo."

"She always challenged the whole thing and he really liked that. I think that it was something that didn't quite come across on TV and obviously we were all kind of caught up in the emotion of Courtney, in what she was doing." 

On the audience booing Courtney ravenously:

"I felt kind of bad for her and - not that maybe she didn't deserve it to a certain extent and she didn't bring it on herself, but you still feel bad when this happy couple or supposedly happy couple walks out and people are booing them."

"It was - it's tough and it just goes to show what a chord this show strikes and how emotional it is for everybody involved. Not just people on it but the viewers as well." 

Getting Faux Hitched

On the softer, gentler, vulnerable side of Courtney:

"I do see a genuine side of Courtney. I see a very vulnerable side and, again, I know like I can hear the fans in my head right now booing and saying, 'oh, you're drinking the Courtney Kool-Aid.' I'm not. I'm not justifying anything."

"I'm not saying she's Mother Teresa, and I'm not saying she's the greatest woman in the world. But what I do know is, this situation got the best of her."

"I do know that, you know, that there was definite real emotion there and she does care for Ben. Good or bad that's the most important thing that I can see as far as Ben and her leaving and going off to live their life." 

On watching Ben Flajnik cry on stage:

"This sounds weird, but I was actually happy to see it. It was kind of nice to see both he and Courtney let down their guard and show very real emotion."

"I was happy to see that they have that in them together and that when they were together that's when it happened because that means a lot."

"That it happened when they felt safe together and they came together and that's when that real emotion came out. I know that maybe a little deep and little too psychological to get in an interview but I was relieved to see that."

On why he didn't press Ben about the obvious kissing photos:

"I never saw the pictures. I don't really, I didn't care. I've seen them since. Someone gave them to me when I hosted Access Live the other day and it [looked bad]."

"It looked very compelling and it looked - it... put him in a bad light. I mean I see why everybody was so upset. But I also know that and I don't know the explanation - whether it's true, false or not - and I'll take Ben at his word."

"She's apparently a very good friend of his, is what he said and whatever explanation he gave. So I'll take his word for it. But no, I just saw it well after the show."

On Lindzi Cox being cut out of the AFTR special:

"We need to keep the story going and that story was Ben and Courtney, and we kept that story going forward, you, especially the audience I'm talking about."

"And I talked to Ben, I talked to Courtney and then when we brought them out together and you had that emotional scene and they're crying. To go then back to Lindzi would - it just made no sense and it left her nowhere to go."

"And so we talked to her and she understood and so she felt she really didn't have any questions unanswered. She really didn't have any issues and so all that being said, why put her out there in kind of a no-win situation?"

On being a card-carrying member of Team Lindzi:

"Yes, it's impossible not to be a Lindzi fan. She was my daughter's favorite too. So I kind of have this other fan at home, my little eight-year-old girl who doesn't watch the show and really has never known a character on the show ever." 

"But for some reason she must have been walking through that first night and she saw Lindzi ride up on a horse and that was it. So all of a sudden she was a Lindzi fan and then my family was in Belize and met Lindzi and fell in love with her."

"Lindzi was kind of a family favorite for us throughout, just so sweet and so easy to get along with - not so much to say that Ben made the wrong choice."

"Ben made the right choice for him and I had my times where I got along fine with Courtney as well, but Lindzi was just such a loving, lovable person."

Ben Flajnik and Lindzi Cox

On whether we'll see a Ben and Courtney update:

"We haven't talked about it. The great thing about this show is that it really is the modern day soap opera. And these stories will continue to play out."

"And so, of course, if there's something big whether it's a proposal or I guess a marriage because there are already engaged, or anything significant then, yes."

On whether they're moving in together:

"They're not moving in together per se. They're going - he's keeping his place. Obviously he works up in Sonoma in San Francisco and she's down in Santa Monica."

"And so they're going to go back and forth when she's in Santa Monica he'll be down a lot and when he's up in San Francisco and has to work she'll be up there." 

"So they're going to kind of split between the two cities. And again, the big question is... are they going to put in the work and actually be together in the end?"

"So again, it's up to them to kind of write their own story. Only time will tell."

Indeed. What do you think: Will Ben and Courtney last?


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They are a cute couple, I hope things work out for them. People are going overboard with all the hate and negativity. All the girls were catty at one point or another, not just Courtney. She was there for Ben, not to make friends, and she was the most real and honest out of all of them. People need to keep in mind that what the viewers saw was only a very small portion of the whole show, which was obviously edited to make Courtney look her worst. I'm certain she was egged on by the producers. Doesn't anyone find it odd that the night they went skinny dipping that Courtney knew where Ben's room was, she knew he was back early from his date, and she just happened to have champagne? There is enough sad in the world, let's all be happy for them and wish them well.


no one is perfect people seem to forget that when watching reality tv . yea she said some things that weren't so nice. so what everyone has said things or done things in their lives that wasn't so nice difference is her bad moments were blasted all over the media.all these people talking don't know her. they only know what they read or watched (hello editing)..the only persons that really knows what is going on with the two of them is them. everyone else is just talking out there butts =)


Getting along with a group of women is incredibly difficult and when you're judged to be different in some way, the claws come out and they zoom in(as you can witness in any elementary or high school every day). Courtney felt attacked and people often do and say things to "strike out" in such a situation. When you're the focus of aggression like that, it's almost impossible to remain completely calm and "mature." While it's true that she said some mean things, they weren't any worse than what the other women came out with. I've also learned that underneath it all, the "excluded" person can be a pretty decent person. Courtney is not necessarily an awful person and may have been misunderstood (especially with the whole editing thing.) I don't expect women who have had little trouble learning to get along with other women to understand this, but it's better not to judge so harshly and, above all, to never gang up on another women. It's just plain mean and ugly. Better to simply walk away.


I have seen it often, that when girls were so connected to each other: Whenever there was then a problem with their male, they would run and bash him when talking to the others.
Courtney will not do that. She is the type of girl who will stand to him. Ben got very lucky. She is for him-not others in that relationship. Their relationship is their very own creation and none of us has at the end anything to do with that.
She was the best of all of the candidates and he made the right choice for himself. He just has to learn to stand by her side and guide her softly and help her to overcome her weakness when she is under high attack.
Courtney is a very fine and extraordinary girl. They can have a very good live together and they have our best wishes (my husband and I voted both for her).


It is a weird situation being in a harem waiting for a man to pick you. It is hard when you are constantly being attacked by the jealous. I hope they get through this and they get over the ugly things that went on after he gave her the final rose and wow one of the most beautiful rings I have ever seen. Ben and Courtney having had an experience where something was absolutely wonderful and someone had to spoil it and taint the joy, I can understand how you feel, but you have your whole lives ahead of you. If what you have is real it will triumph over all the garbage that was thrown at you. What doesn't kill ya makes you stronger! What I like to say is, if you let them get the better of ya, than they won and you loose! Being successful and happy is the ultimate revenge and wish the best for those that would harm you. They are truly sad inside.


I would not buy anything if Courtney is picked up to endorse. If any sponsers pick up her they are in trouble. There are lots of people who did not like how she behaved and would not like to see her profit from it.


All that's happened has been the result of EDITING by The Batchlor. The fall guy/girl of ther season! I saw Courtney as cute funny and enjoying a good sence of humor about ewverything thta happend on the show. She knew what the other girls were saying and YET Courtney HAS NOT bashed the editing of the show OR the shows producers..and she could have, easily...Courtney has held her own, while being bashed through the editing of the show, the talk shows. I believe she was cute flirty and funny. I'd be skipping too...if I had just gotten a rose by a guy I really liked. The fact is Courtny is a world class model, which is no small fete, beautiful in her own right and I can see her as a major cosmetic company in to rumors. For Courtney, She doesn't own anyone an appology for anything..................................


If Ben does Man-Up, he can do the TV and Radio talk show circuit to support Courtney, and in the process man up about abandoning her, and giving in to rumors. For Courtney, She doesn't own anyone an appology for anything............................................


Courtney, as a model, and as one ot willing to get down and dirty with the other girls became a delight to the shows producers... I saw Courtney as cute funny and enjoying a good sence of humor about ewverything thta happend on the show. She knew what the other girls were saying and YET Courtney HAS NOT bashjed the editing of the show or the shows producers..and she could have, easily...Courtney has held her own, while being bashed through the editing of the show, the talk shows. I believe she was cute flirty and funny. I'd be skipping too...if I had just gotten a rose by a guy I really liked. The fact is Courtny is a worls class model, which is ni small fete, beautiful in her own right and I can see her as a major cosmetic company covergirl... For Courtney, She doesn't own anyone an appology for anything............................................


The Producers of The Bachelor should also Man-Up about their part in creating the buzz around Courtney...By their editing... believeing what they were doing was fun and disn't realize what the the back-lash would be to Courtney. Frankly that would make the show much more interesting and perhaps I'd enjoy watching it again...!