By Heather Ericson, EnStarz | Jun 27, 2012 09:42 PM EDT
Although Emily Maynard is looking for love on this season's "The Bachelorette" , rumors are swirling that the 26-year-old single mom is in love with the TV show's host Chris Harrison. This season's star and host of the popular reality show have reportedly grown close during the filming of the series.
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"Chris always openly told staffers that Emily was the most beautiful woman he'd ever laid eyes on," a source told Star Magazine.
ABC's staff have long suspected that Maynard and Harrison are romantically involved.
Former Bachelor winner Vienna Girardi also suspects that the two are in love. "From the beginning, I always said there was no way Emily was really going to end up with one of the guys," Vienna said. "She really wanted to be with Chris, and it was obvious he wanted to be with her too, I vacationed with Chris and his family in St. Lucia and know him well." She continued: "He was never with his wife. He's such a flirt. 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."
Harrison, 40, is said to be a mentor to Maynard. He announced his separation with Gwen Jones, his wife of 18 years, soon after he was spotted at the "Dancing With the Stars" finale with Maynard.
Four remaining suitors remain for Maynard, but who will she be engaged to? Is Emily really in love with Harrison?
The season finale of "The Bachelorette" will air July 16.
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