Team Juan Pablo? Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris -- who competed on Jason Mesnick's season of The Bachelor in 2009 and then went on to become the fifth Bachelorette later that same year -- has some very strong feelings about the so-called "worst Bachelor ever," Juan Pablo Galavis. In a blog post posted to her official website on Wednesday, March 12, the reality TV alum slammed Galavis' haters and said she was "disappointed" in how host Chris Harrison and some fellow Bachelor alum had treated the Venezuelan soccer stud, 32.
"Do I think Juan Pablo was a great Bachelor? No, not really," she began. "I think the role is more fit for guys who are in touch with their feelings...The Bachelor is usually someone who is sensitive, a good listener, a people pleaser & a hopeless romantic. The truth is, Juan wasn't really that guy," she admitted. "That does not make him a BAD guy...maybe just not fit for a show juggling 25 women."
Harris (who is no longer with her Bachelor fiance, Ed Swiderski) went on to say that she didn't agree with everything Galavis said and did, but that it's possible he was "coached" or "tweaked" by producers along the way. Her biggest issue, though, "is the way the franchise dealt with all [the drama]."
"The franchise is a part of me," she wrote. "I call it my family -- and when you care about something a lot you always want them to take the high road -- I don't think that happened this time."
Harris emphasized that host Harrison had been a "good friend" to her, and that no one could take his place on the show. That said, she was "disappointed in him" following his After the Final Rose sit-down with Galavis and his winner, Nikki Ferrell. "I felt awkward the whole time he interviewed Juan Pablo and didn't understand the strong and relentless emphasis on getting Juan to say that he was in love," she explained. Then, citing her own experience with Swiderski, she mused that "a big percentage of the L-BOMBS that get dropped on this show...are premature."
Harris also took issue with fellow Bachelor alum Sean Lowe's comment that Galavis had no chance of living a private life after the show. "Sean and Catherine [Giudici] have a very public life, because they have chosen to do so!" she wrote, noting that other alum, like Jason and Molly Mesnick, have managed to lay low in recent years. "Ed and I, on the other hand, stayed in the media, and it was ONE of the factors that broke us up."
As for all of Galavis and Ferrell's haters? "The name calling is sick," Harris blogged. "Yes, they signed up for it, but does that mean it's okay to full-on bully someone?...For everyone who called Nikki stupid, weak, etc., how are you making the situation any better?" she argued. "Let her listen to her heart and figure out her relationship on her own...We have all had one of those boyfriends (myself included) and I am FINE."