When he's not busy reporting news for NBC, Brian Williams watches "The Bachelorette". The NBC news anchor has just revealed that he's a big fan of the reality dating show, gushing about Andi Dorfman's season when stopping by "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Monday, July 7.
"My wife [Jane] and I are up to speed," the journalist came clean about his favorite show. "We have our own opinions about Andi-and as Juan Pablo kind of divided us viewers, I think, into separate camps." Calling Juan Pablo Galavis, the star of "The Bachelor" season 18 in which Andi was a contestant, "a troubled man," he added, "Andi has a huge choice to make and I think home visits will prove a lot."
Brian's actress daughter Allison Williams is apparently also a fan of the ABC show and he planned to watch "The Bachelorette" at Allison's "invitation only viewing party" after his pre-taped interview with Meyers. "After tonight, Seth, I think this will be a kind of new era going forward," he said.
The 55-year-old went on revealing that he and his wife had nicknames for each of the remaining Andi suitors. "Not all are suitable for family viewing even at this hour," he claimed. Comparing the rose ceremonies to America's electoral process, he gushed, "Just as I wouldn't speculate going into an election night, I can't speculate on the outcome, except to say, Andi we're with you." He added, "It's gonna be an exciting night."
The latest episode, which saw Andi meeting the final four guys' families during their howetown dates, sparked a debate after airing footage which showed host Chris Harrison dropping the news about Eric Hill's death to Andi and her four suitors. The show has been accused of exposing Eric's passing.
Defending their decision to air the said part, Chris said, "After watching it all back and seeing how it was edited together, I stand by it even more. There were people within the show that didn't want us to shoot us talking to Andi and the guys and those that didn't want it to be televised at all, but I vehemently disagreed and fought like crazy to shoot it and eventually use it."
He went on telling TV Guide, "[Creator] Mike Fleiss called me and said, 'I'm sorry we shot this,' and I said, 'We had to.' I 100 percent backed him up. I don't think you get to pick and choose when you shoot things and when you turn the cameras off. This show is built on the fact that we show you everything and just because something is uncomfortable for me or the producers, we all of a sudden turn the cameras off? It seems hypocritical." Chris added that the cast members agreed, claiming, "None of them came back and said, 'Why did you do this?' They knew this wasn't a contrived moment."
Chris knows they'd get heat for it either way, insisting, "To have acted like Eric didn't exist and this tragic event didn't happen would have been incredibly disrespectful. If you watched the show knowing this was when he passed away and we didn't say a word about it and went into the rose ceremony and acted happy go lucky, to me it would've been in poor taste. I'm not saying I'm right, and people will disagree and be angry or feel we took advantage of it. But I stand by the fact that we didn't milk it and didn't sensationalize it. I'm proud that we had the guts to show it. Again, maybe I'm wrong, and I'm not saying I'm the smartest guy in the world, but it's what felt right to me."