Chris Harrison is the godfather of The Bachelor franchise. The one and only host of the series and its various spin-offs has made a 15-year career out of announcing the final rose, overpromising on dramatic moments, marrying winning couples, and (more frequently) refereeing breakup interviews. But before Harrison mastered side-stepping into frame and saying “Ladies…,” he appeared on one of our other guilty pleasures: HGTV.
HGTV has certainly given us plenty of obsessions in recent years—between the Property Brothers and Fixer Upper, our DVRs are full and our home renovation ambitions are high. But before the Scott twins and the adorable Gaines came the one-and-only Harrison: Back in the early 2000s, he was the host of a design competition show called Designer’s Challenge.
The show featured three interior designers who would present their renovation plans to a homeowner. The homeowner would then select their favorite and watch it become a reality. So what was Harrison’s role? He narrated the events (in case, you know, you forgot what happened during the commercial break) and provided the voice-overs, making the decision to select an interior designer seem every bit as intense as choosing your future husband or wife. Take a look…
May we never forget Harrison’s humble beginnings.
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