It's the scandal that everybody's talking about! On tonight's controversial episode of ABC's "The Bachelor," host Chris Harrison asks bachelorette Rozlyn Papa to leave the show in the wake of her alleged "inappropriate relationship" with a show crewmember. Rozlyn came to ET to deny the allegations and tell her side of the story, and now Chris delivers the show's side.
"A line was so drastically crossed without a doubt that we had to take these drastic steps. This wasn't a decision we made lightly. It wasn't something that was concocted in a back room," Chris tells ET. "I not only asked a person to leave the show for the first time in eight years -- I obviously don't take that lightly -- but we also fired a crew member.
"This was brazen," he continues. "It was so out in the open as to almost be comical that they would think that the other cast members wouldn't see, the other people on the show wouldn't see. … It was so in our face that it had to be dealt with."
Chris says that Rozlyn's reaction to being asked to leave on camera says it all. "Once you see tonight's show, I find it hard to believe that anybody in America, even Rozlyn herself, will have any question as to what happened," he says. "Judge for yourself. Read her body language. Read her lack of surprise. She knows exactly what I'm talking about. She knows exactly what happened. There is no shock. There is no denial."
Chris adds that "it was a horrible situation" and says of the single mom, "I absolutely don't want to trash her, embarrass her in any way, but an unfortunate decision was made by her [and] by a crew member on our show. It was an inappropriate relationship."
As for her exclusive interview with ET in which she said that nothing inappropriate happened at the show, Chris responds, "She's trying to un-ring a bell that can't be un-rung."
Watch ET for more on "The Bachelor" scandal. The show airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c.