'Bachelorette' Harris loving 'List It'

Jillian Harris co-hosts "Love It or List It Vancouver."

Jillian Harris co-hosts "Love It or List It Vancouver."

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

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Jillian Harris wanted to avoid "smutty" and "gossipy."

"I said the only way I ever would do another TV show was if it was in my industry, if it was on my home turf, and if I felt like it wasn't smutty or gossipy, if it was real and raw and genuine," says Harris, who became famous via The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

So now Harris and Todd Talbot are co-hosting Love It or List It Vancouver, a new real-estate reality series that debuts Jan. 7 on W.

"Who ever thought a hot-tub scene would bring me here?" Harris says with a laugh.

There certainly were times, though, when Harris wasn't laughing, following her experiences as a contestant on The Bachelor and subsequently as the star of The Bachelorette.

"At one point, I was very sick and very ill and very sad after those shows were done," the Canadian recalls. "My mom and dad were very upset. They said, 'We don't think this is worth it, honey.' And I remember crying and saying, 'There has to be a reason why,


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