Christopher Bryan Harrison
July 26, 1971
|Alma mater||Oklahoma City University|
Christopher Bryan Harrison (born July 26, 1971) is an American television and game show host, best known for his role as the host of the ABC reality television dating show The Bachelor from 2002 to 2021. He also hosted its spin-offs The Bachelorette from 2003 to 2021, Bachelor Pad from 2010 to 2012, Bachelor in Paradise from 2014 to 2021, the first season of Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise in 2015, Bachelor Live in 2016, and The Bachelor Winter Games in 2018. He also served as the host of the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from 2015 to 2019.
Early life and education
Harrison was born in Dallas. He graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 1989. He attended Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship. He was initiated into the Kappa Sigma fraternity while in college.
From 1993–99, Harrison worked as a sports reporter at CBS affiliate KWTV in Oklahoma City. He also worked briefly for TVG Network, a horse racing channel, and was the host of Designers' Challenge on HGTV. In 2001, Harrison hosted the short-lived game show Mall Masters for GSN.
In 2002, Harrison guest-starred on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, as a music show host, in the episode "Ping, Ping a Song".
The TV Guide Network, now known as "Pop", announced that Harrison was signed to anchor its live red carpet awards coverage, beginning with the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards in September. In 2011, Harrison and Brooke Burns co-hosted the game show You Deserve It. He has also co-hosted Hollywood 411 on the former TV Guide Network. He has hosted Designers' Challenge on HGTV and Mall Masters on the Game Show Network.
In April 2015, Disney-ABC announced that Harrison would replace Terry Crews as host of the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for the 2015–16 season. GSN began airing reruns of this show on December 18, 2017, marking a return to the network for him since the cancellation of Mall Masters. Harrison earned two nominations for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2018 and 2019, but lost to Wayne Brady and Alex Trebek, respectively.
On May 19, 2015, Harrison branched out from TV and published his first romance novel, The Perfect Letter.
Harrison hosted ABC's reality television dating shows The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and its spinoffs. He also serves as the voice of the "Bachelor Whammy" in the 2019 reboot version of Press Your Luck on ABC.
Exit from The Bachelor franchise
On February 13, 2021, Harrison announced that he will be temporarily stepping aside from the franchise after facing criticism for defending a contestant on The Bachelor accused of racism. In March 2021, alternative hosts were announced for season 17 of The Bachelorette. In June 2021, it was announced that after 19 years, Harrison had permanently departed the franchise.
Harrison was married to his college sweetheart, Gwen Harrison. They have two children, Joshua and Taylor. In May 2012, after 18 years of marriage, Harrison and his wife announced they were ending their marriage. As of 2018, Harrison was confirmed to be dating Lauren Zima, a reporter and journalist for Entertainment Tonight. The couple got married in November 2023.
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