Former “Bachelor” Nick Viall, 42, speaks out after Chris Harrison, 51, claimed Viall wants to take over his position as presenter on the Jan. 9 premiere episode of his podcast “The most dramatic podcast ever.”
On the January 9 episode, Harrison spoke candidly about his unexpected exit from the “Bachelor” franchise and said he suspected some “Bachelor” grads would shoot at his position.
Here’s what you need to know:
Nick responds to Chris’ claim
Harrison called Viall directly on the January 9 episode and told listeners he suspected Viall wanted to take over his gig.
“Nick wasn’t really strong against me or said anything, but I think Nick was one of those, among many, who probably saw the blood in the water,” he said. “[He] saw an opportunity for a truly phenomenal job…and no doubt he wanted it.”
Viall responded to Harrison’s claim on Wednesday that January 11 episode his podcast The Viall Files.
“I’m really disappointed,” the Viall Files host said after learning about Harrison’s statements.
The 42-year-old has neither confirmed nor denied claims that he wanted Harrison’s job, but did stress that other “Bachelor” graduates would have accepted the gig if asked.
“I’m pretty sure Sean Lowe would have taken the job had he been offered it,” he said.
Viall also called on the former host not to take responsibility.
“Chris, take more responsibility for what you’ve done,” he said on the podcast.
For fans who may not remember, Harrison stepped down as the host of the “Bachelor” franchise in June 2021 after defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who attended a pre-war plantation-themed sorority at college.
Watch the full Viall Files episode HERE.
Nick on his relationship with Natalie Joy: ‘We see ourselves as equals’
Viall has been in a relationship with Natalie Joy since July 2020. According to peoplethe two linked after Joy slipped into Viall’s DMs on Instagram in June 2020.
Viall gushed about his two-and-a-half-year relationship with Joy in a December 2022 interview hollywood life.
“I think the most important thing is that we feel very safe with each other. We both see each other as equals,” he told the outlet. “We’re both lucky enough to know that the other person isn’t trying to win or lose, but we always have that kind of goal of how to reconnect?”
The ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ star also shared some tips on making his relationship work.
“I think we see our relationship as this kind of living organism that we’re trying to protect and that’s always the focus,” he said. “We have our individual lives and we support each other individually. And what we love about our relationship is that we like to think of ourselves as our biggest cheerleaders. We always try to protect our relationship and knowing that we have this common goal and it’s never competitive or combative is something we really appreciate.”
Season 27 of The Bachelor premieres Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.
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