Chris Harrison has an inside line to all the Bachelor/Bachelorette stars, but even he was blindsided by Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray's split last week. Having spoken to the couple just days earlier on the red carpet at ABC's big premiere event for season 19 of The Bachelor on Jan. 5, he was under the impression that things were fine between the two.
"I had no clue," he told TV Guide in an interview posted on Monday, Jan. 12. "The only thing was that I felt [they] were a little off, but…they seemed happy and played the part."
The longtime Bachelor host went on to say that if he had known, he never would have asked them about their wedding plans. (They said at the time that they hadn't had time yet, and were "looking forward to just settling down and relaxing and having some fun with each other.")
"By no means did I know they were broken up and did that interview, because honestly, having been through a crappy breakup, I would've protected it more and stayed away from wedding talk and I wouldn't have put them on the spot," Harrison told TV Guide.
"That had to be horribly uncomfortable and awkward knowing they were probably going to break up," he continued. "I was surprised, considering everyone seemed good on Monday. I hope Andi will sit down with me whenever the time is right for her, because I'm interested [to know what happened]; it felt sudden to call it quits."
As previously reported, Dorfman and Murray — who met on season 10 of The Bachelorette in 2014 — announced their split on Jan. 8, five months after their proposal and engagement aired on ABC. In a statement to Us Weekly, they said they were "very sad" but "continue to be good friends."
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