'Bachelorette' masked man to unveil face
Published Jun 6 2011, 11:30 BST | By Lara Martin The Bachelorette
host Chris Harrison
has revealed that the show's "masked man" will unveil his face on tonight's episode.
Entrepreneur Jeff has kept his face hidden behind a dark mask since stepping out of the limo ahead of the first cocktail party, telling Ashley Hebert that he wanted her to get to know what is inside.
"I didn't have a huge problem with it," said Harrison during a conference call with reporters. "It wasn't my style and I don't think it was that clever, but I understood what he was pulling on the first night. When he talked to Ashley I was like, 'Oh, I get it and it's actually pretty cool' and she dug it and it was cute. I just think the joke went on a little too long and it almost took over the person he is."
The host, who said he hadn't known Jeff would be wearing a mask until the suitor stepped out of the limo, went on to suggest that maybe the mask had become a bigger deal than Jeff had initially wanted.
"It was kind of ironic that the guy who wanted Ashley to see who he really was, by the time he takes the mask off, I don't think he really knows who he is," he said. "It kind of took him over and became a bigger issue than he ever wanted it to be.
"I don't think he intended that to happen. I think he thought he was always in control of it and by the time he took it off he thought it had become a little too big of a deal."
Harrison also revealed that he had never managed to catch a glimpse of Jeff's face until the unveiling, telling reporters that from what he saw, the 35-year-old had even slept with his appearance hidden.
As for the expectations when the mask was removed, he joked: "I said if someone pulls this for this long, if he takes it off he better have this ridiculous combination of George Clooney and Brad Pitt going on. He better be so stunningly handsome that his good looks are like the sun and you can't look directly at them and that's why he didn't want anyone to see... I don't know if that will be the case."
Monday night's episode will also feature a dramatic incident between Ashley and Bentley, who has made no secret of the fact he isn't attracted to the bachelorette, which culminates in heartbreak for Ashley. The Bachelorette
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