Chris Harrison separating from his wife: cue up the bachelor jokes

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison is separating from his wife, Gwen Jones, after 18 years of marriage. They have two children together and, after In Touch broke the news, told People in a statement, “Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children.”

I’m not sure if this is newsworthy because he hosts a high-profile reality series on a major network, or if it’s because that reality series is about forming relationships and break-ups of its cast members always make news. Either way, Chris Harrison may soon be eligible to be on his own show, which would make for a very interesting season: “Ladies, me, this is the final rose tonight.”

Seriously, Chris is such a defender of his show’s format and success—he gets his feelings hurt when people mock Bachelor break-ups—that he really should put his faith in the format when he’s ready to date (and break up) again.

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