Tragedy struck this season on “The Bachelorette” when contestant Eric Hill was killed in a paragliding accident in April.
While the stars of ABC’s reality juggernaut are usually isolated during filming, it was obvious that the information could not be withheld.
Host Chris Harrison revealed to ABC News that they were informed during the show’s hometown visits.
“We never would have kept it from them,” Harrison tells ABC. “He was a good friend of theirs. Absolutely, now they know.”
Because the show is still in production and is not scheduled to debut for another few weeks, Harrison says they’re “no sure 100 percent” how they’ll handle Hill’s time on the series.
“We did the best we could trying to be as honorable and decent to the family and to him,” he added (via ABC News). “It was really something we’d never dealt with before but we did it as delicately and respectfully as we could.”
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