The Arie Luyendyk scandal involving his past relationship with The Bachelorette producer Cassie Lambert was real, Chris Harrison says, but also isn't THAT big a thing.
Chris, the show's venerable host slash pimp, admits that Arie will become a lightning rod for conflict on next week's episode and that Lambert is the reason why.
At the same time, Harrison promises a full explanation about the whole situation when it comes up in the episode. The entire week, he says, was "very intense."
"Emily does find out about the relationship Arie had with our producer and we deal with that. It’s very straightforward, we show clips and raw footage," he adds.
"We just show viewers what we have and the conversation that took place. It was just a decision of whether we sweep it under the rug and act like it didn’t happen?"
"We want to show people that yes there was something there, but it wasn’t the biggest calamity in the history of the show,” Harrison told TV Guide this week.
Indeed, if you've read The Bachelorette spoilers this season, you know it's very unlikely that this is the end of Arie's run on the show. We'll leave it at that.
Of the celebrity gossip stories going around, Chris says "next week we will deal with this ... you will get the complete story, and more importantly, the truth!"
Here's ABC's promo of the episode, which teases the confrontation:
Our prediction is that as upset as she may be initially, Emily will be angry that they did not disclose the relationship sooner ... and that's pretty much it.
The two dated years ago, and not for a very long time; it's obvious he's into Emily at this point, and maybe Cassie simply wanted her to form her own opinion.
In any case, tell us how you think it'll go down on Monday!