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I Am NOT The Host Of The Bachelor. Stop Sending Me Weird Requests

My email has become a bachelor pad.

07/09/2016 11:56 AM AEST | Updated 15/09/2016 10:49 AM AEST
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That is NOT me on the left.

If you're going to share your name with someone famous, make sure they are famous for a good reason.

When Steve Bannon joined Donald Trump as his campaign chief, some poor namesake wished the internet hadn't been invented.

Steve received messages of support from an uncertain Peter Dutton, who had nothing to do with Australia's Immigration Minister.

I am relatively fortunate in comparison. I share my name with the host of the US version of The Bachelor and The Bacherlorette. According to his Wikipedia page, Chris Harrison and I were born in the same year but other than that we have nothing in common.

He has hair and shiny TV teeth!

I, well... let's move this along.

Despite the fact I don't watch The Bachelor, I always know when the US season starts because fired-up fans jump on my website, ignore the fact that there's a profile picture of a bald writer rather than a hirsute TV host, and then pour their hearts out.

Some creepily ask if I, or Chris Harrison rather, can play cupid in real life and hook up their friends or family with the contestants:

Chris Harrison

Others are devo when contestants fall for the wrong people:

Chris Harrison

Some question my ethics:

Chris Harrison

Some just want a gay version of the show:

Chris Harrison

Some think I need to watch my language:

Chris Harrison

Some want me to tweak the existing format beyond how I address the contestants:

Chris Harrison

Some just say random shit:

Chris Harrison

Some want me to send them money so they can live out their own real-life love stories:

Chris Harrison

Some want to audition for other shows live (I think):

Chris Harrison

And some just gush:

Chris Harrison

It's a case of mistaken identity. But it works both ways, as I wonder how many people have bought the US edition of my book thinking it was written by Chris Harrison. Well, you know what I mean...

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