Chris Harrison Reveals Why 2 Former Bachelorettes Were Missing From Reunion Special

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Well, folks, another season of The Bachelorette is just around the corner.

And if you're anything like us, you can't wait to see Hannah Brown find love among her 32 suitors.

Traveling Hannah

Of course, if you can't wait until the finale, you can always just check out our Bachelorette spoilers and amaze your friends with your clairvoyant abilities.

Hannah has the honor of anchoring a milestone season for the show.

This is the series' 15th go-round, and to celebrate, host Chris Harrison sat down with all of the former Bachelorettes.

Well ... almost all of the former Bachelorettes.

Chris Harrison and the Bachelorettes

When this photo appeared on Harrison's official Instagram account, fans were quick to point a pair of surprising absences.

Two of the OG three stars of the show -- Meredith Phillips from season two and Jen Schefft from season three -- were nowhere to be found.

Fans -- at least the ones who have been watching long enough to remember those two -- immediately wanted to know what was going on.

The pic was posted just days after we learned that two suitors were booted from Hannah's season prior to filming due to allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Bachelorettes

So was there any such scandal surrounding Jen and Meredith's absence?

Well, if you're hoping for something juicy, we're afraid we have some bad news.

The ladies were apparently absent due to a boring old scheduling conflict.

"Unfortunately Jen and Meredith couldn't be there because we had to settle on a date," Harrison told E! News.

Meredith Phillips in 2004

"At the end of the day, we had to shoot this thing," he added. 

"So, we just picked a day where we could get as many as we possibly could, but unfortunately schedules, vacations, was one of them, just couldn't be changed.

"And we just had to pull the trigger and do this thing."

Of course, there might be more to the story than Harrison is letting on.

Jen Schefft

Schefft is now a married mother of two who has made a point of avoiding the spotlight in recent years.

Conversely, Phillips came forward last year and alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a masseuse during the filming of her season.

She has not spoken publicly about whether or not that incident impacted her decision to avoid the reunion taping.

In any event, Harrison says he's pleased with the turnout:

Meredith Phillips as The Bachelorette

"I was grateful that we had as many as we did, which was 12 of the 14," he tells E!

"Obviously [new Bachelorette] Hannah [Brown] is not a part of it, she's shooting the show." 

As for Jen and Meredith, Chris says they have not been forgotten:

"Jen and Meredith are represented, they're celebrated in this thing, we love them very much and they're a part of our family and this sisterhood, but they just couldn't join us," he says.

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