"The Bachelorette" star Emily Maynard is said to be in love with the reality TV show's host Chris Harrison, despite reportedly being engaged to one of the show's contestants.
The ABC network's latest "The Bachelorette" has grown close to Harrison during season eight of the popular series, and network staff have long suspected that the pair are romantically involved, according to Star Magazine.
"Chris always openly told staffers that Emily was the most beautiful woman he'd ever laid eyes on," an insider told Star.
Staff at ABC are not the only ones who are convinced that Maynard, 26, and Harrison, 40, are in love with one another. Past winner Vienna Girardi believes that chances are Maynard will not end up with any of the "The Bachelorette" contestants because she is so consumed with Harrison.
"From the beginning, I always said there was no way Emily was really going to end up with one of the guys because she really wanted to be with Chris, and it was obvious he wanted to be with her too," Girardi told Star.
"I vacationed with Chris and his family in St. Lucia and know him well. He was never with his wife. He's such a flirt," she said adding "I guarantee Emily and Chris will end up together in the end. If she gets engaged to another man, the show will probably spin it as a love triangle."
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Harrison, who also acts as Maynard's mentor, and Gwen Jones, his wife of 18 years, announced their separation in May and shortly after he was spotted out with Maynard at the "Dancing With the Stars" finale.
"I had so much fun with @chrisbharrison tonight @DancingABC," Maynard wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of the pair.
Harrison was sure to reply to Maynard's tweet by tweeting "Great night with my friend" on his Twitter page.
The season finale of "The Bachelorette" will air on ABC on July 16.