Chris Harrison: Matt James' 'Bachelor' Season Is 'Working Out Perfectly'

Going according to plan! It’s been a little over a month since production began on season 25 of The Bachelor and things are going smoothly, Chris Harrison revealed in a new interview.

“It’s the blueprint and the formula we used to shoot Clare [Crawley]‘s season, and is working out perfectly,” the host, 49, told Entertainment Tonight on Monday, November 2. “I can tell you it’s working, it’s successful and — knock on wood — it’ll continue to be successful.”

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Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette became the first season not shot at the Bachelor mansion. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it instead took place at the La Quinta Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California, so that the cast and the crew remained in a bubble.

They’re doing the same thing at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania for Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor.

“It’s going great,” the Texas native said. “He is absolutely awesome. I can’t wait for people to see his season of The Bachelor.”

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Harrison recently opened up to Variety about how filming at the Pennsylvania resort was a bit easier than filming in Palm Springs.

“It was a little bit fluid inside this last season, having to adjust and change some things. Shooting in California, our wonderful governor was just changing things on a whim,” he said in an interview published last month. “We had to adjust with our wonderful governor — my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek — so this will be a lot easier and a lot more organized because we know what we’re dealing with going in, so Matt James, going in, is going to have a much smoother ride than The Bachelorette did.”

ABC exec Rob Mills also told the magazine that thanks to their experience filming The Bachelorette, they knew a bit more going into The Bachelor.

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“The look of it will be completely different. It was nice to have a change of scenery, but beyond that, the protocols and everything are the same — we have a good system in place for as long as we’re in pandemic mode,” he said. “There was a ton of learning from the season of Bachelorette that we were able to take and make this season of Bachelor even better. It is impressive — the bubble that they’ve devised is so fantastic. It really is the one way you can do it safely.”

As for James’ connection with the women, Mills stayed tight-lipped but teased that night one “couldn’t have gone better.”

The Bachelor is set to premiere in January.

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