Through 15 years of rose ceremonies, romance and drama, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has seen it all. On Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the show, he shared his memories of the first ever Bachelor to Instagram.
"15 years ago it all began. At the time this young man couldn't comprehend how life was about to change," he wrote, captioning a photo of his younger self with the first Bachelor, Alex Michel.
"Along the way I've worked with some amazing people and made some incredible friends. I've seen every corner of this beautiful planet, more than a few tears, plenty of drama but also a lot of love," he continued.
"Thank you hardly seems like enough to those I've worked for and with to make this show, but Thank You!" Harrison added. "Many have come and gone since our first season with Alex Michel and I appreciate them all for their part in all this. The first 15 years have been an incredible ride and thanks to you #BachelorNation the future only looks bigger, brighter and more dramatic than ever!"
Producer Elan Gale also shared his memories and thanks to the show via Instagram, captioning a photo of The Bachelor mansion.
"15 years ago today The Bachelor premiered," Gale wrote. "It's a pretty amazing accomplishment. I wasn't around back then but over the past 9 years this show has introduced me to some of the most important people in my life, and for that, I am endlessly grateful. If you've been a part of this, thank you. I appreciate you all so very very much (except for a few of you, and you know who you are)."
As for Michele, the first-ever Bachelor, he and season one winner Amanda Marsh (who he picked over first-ever Bachelorette, Trista Rehn) dated for about a year before breaking up. He did a stint as a spokesperson for Match.com, but apart from that, has kept a low profile and has stayed off social media. According to his Linked In profile, he's currently a digital media executive and principal at a Washington D.C. area consulting firm.