Nick Viall’s Past Could Come Back To Haunt Him On ‘The Bachelor’

Nick Viall has had an active dating life—fans have seen him date multiple women during his stints on reality TV alone—and now one of his exes could turn up on his season of The Bachelor. In a new interview with People, Bachelor host Chris Harrison said he wouldn’t be surprised if one of Nick’s former flames from past seasons of the ABC franchise turns up during his season of the reality dating show.

“I won’t be shocked if somebody very familiar shows up,” Harrison said of Viall’s Bachelor stint. “We’ve done that in the past when someone’s been on one season. He’s been on basically three. I don’t see how someone won’t rear their head and show up.”

Nick Viall has appeared on two seasons of The Bachelorette where he was the runner-up for both Andi Dorfman and JoJo Fletcher’s final roses. In addition, he spent this past summer wooing Amanda Stanton and Jen Saviano on Bachelor in Paradise.

Harrison told People that producers have not made any decisions on who could return for Nick Viall’s Bachelor season, but based on the show’s history, there’s a good chance someone from Bachelor Nation will turn up for another shot at love with this Bachelor bad boy.

While Bristowe and Stanton are both engaged (to Shawn Booth and Josh Murray, respectively), Saviano and Dorfman appear to be single. Of course, based on their past history, it would be a shock to see Andi Dorfman return to date Nick Viall. And in a response to a fan’s tweet, Saviano has already made it crystal clear that she has no interest in returning to compete for Nick Viall’s heart.

But there is also the chance that Harrison’s tease about a familiar face could be referring to bachelorettes from last season’s Bachelor in Paradise or other seasons of The Bachelor. Past contestants Amber James and Becca Tilley returned to The Bachelor to compete for Ben Higgins after previously appearing on Chris Soules’s season of the show. In addition, Kacie Boguskie showed up on both Ben Flajnik and Sean Lowe’s seasons, and Shawntel Newton raised eyebrows when she turned up on Flajnik’s season two years after being dumped by Brad Womack during his second go around. Nick Viall could potentially be faced with any available alum from the reality franchise.

No matter who appears on the show, Nick Viall will have his work cut out for him as far as getting viewers to root for him. Viall was originally labeled a villain after he called Dorfman out for sleeping with him in the Fantasy Suite during her season of the show. After two unsuccessful stints as runner-up on the bachelorette, Viall called himself “a joke.”

It wasn’t until the most recent season of Bachelor in Paradise that producers noticed that fans were starting to feel sympathetic towards Nick. Viall told Us Weekly that in the past, his true personality wasn’t shown on the ABC reality show.

“I got some heat in the past, and maybe that’s why the sentiment from Bachelor Nation wasn’t as positive in the past, because those were the aspects that were shown,” Nick said.

“I do feel that more of my personality is getting out [on Bachelor in Paradise], which is more fun to see. It’s always good to hear positive things. … I’m certainly not complaining and it definitely feels nice.”


Nick Viall has admitted that he has had an “interesting” past when it comes to reality TV romance.

“I don’t want to be a Trivial Pursuit question,” Viall told Glamour. “Right now, people know me as the guy that professed his love for two women on national television. I’ve asked two sets of parents for permission to propose, and it didn’t work out.”

And when it comes to his fourth time at trying to get it right, Nick has already admitted that he can’t guarantee that he’ll walk away from the experience an engaged man.

“It’s a huge responsibility and there’s a lot of expectations that comes with it,” Nick told Good Morning America. “There’s also no guarantees, right?

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