Ben Higgins, Lauren Bushnell Dish On ‘Bachelor’ Nick Viall And ‘Bachelorette’ Villain Chad Johnson

Former Bachelor Ben Higgins and his fiance Lauren Bushnell met during Ben’s Season 20 role and have been going strong ever since. Higgins and Bushnell have been fan favorites and everyone is waiting to see these two make it down the aisle. As Nick Viall takes The Bachelor torch from Higgins, Lauren and Ben are opening up and sharing their thoughts on the new leading man. Ben and Lauren are also dishing on Bachelorette bad boy Chad Johnson, their decision to bring him on their new reality series, and all about their camping trip together.

What are we up to today!? #thenorthwillriseagain #happilyeverafter

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Ben and Lauren talked with Entertainment Tonight and shared how happy they are that Higgins will no longer be referred to as The Bachelor. Higgins and Bushnell gushed about how Viall was a great choice for the job. Higgins had nothing but praise for Viall, who will be making his fourth appearance on the popular franchise. Ben shared that he feels Nick is very “introspective” and truly wants to find someone to share his life with. Higgins went on to say, “I think these women are going to humble him, and also make him feel a lot cooler than he really is.”

Ben also shared that it will be interesting to watch Viall on his journey and see how much the process changes him. Higgins admits that he too changed while being The Bachelor. Bushnell added her support of Viall by simply saying, “Nick deserves it.”

Ben and Lauren both offered advice for the women trying to win Nick’s heart on this upcoming season. Higgins said Viall needs to be challenged and Bushnell agreed. Ben said he feels the women should be themselves and let The Bachelor know they are there for him and for the right reasons. Lauren adds that being confident is the key to winning Nick’s heart. She says not to focus on the other relationships and just remain confident through the process. Both Lauren and Ben are hoping not to see Nick walk away heartbroken once again.

Aside from dishing on the new Bachelor, Higgins and Bushnell have a lot to be excited about themselves. Their new reality series, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, will begin airing on Freeform in October. People previously shared news of the new series that will feature Higgins and Bushnell in the real world as they navigate life after their engagement and head closer to the altar. Ben and Lauren ultimately decided to film the new show after realizing that given the way they met, their life was not very private anyway. Ben said, “If everybody else cares so much about our life, why would we not allow people to come into our life via cameras again?”

Ben and Lauren have already had multiple appearances by previous Bachelor alumni on the show. One particular guest is sure to stir a little controversy as he has during his time on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. This would be none other than villain Chad Johnson. Higgins shared that Bushnell had a huge heart for Chad and felt he needed to redeem himself so she invited him on a camping trip. Johnson had a tough year after losing his mother and Higgins and Bushnell felt an outdoor adventure may let him relax in an environment where he is not being constantly ripped apart.

Just me and The #ChadBear my sister @tiffjohnson24 got me LOL

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Did that camping trip turn out to be another Chad disaster? Ben says the trip was average. Lauren says it was not terrible, but there were some tears shed. Bushnell would not reveal which one of them cried, so fans will have to tune in and watch the episode when it airs this fall. Ben and Lauren both agree they wanted to show Chad that there are some people who care about him.

Higgins and Bushnell are determined to be another Bachelor success story. The two have not released an official wedding date, but there is speculation it could be sooner rather than later. Fans are hoping to see the event unravel on television as previous Bachelor alumni have done. Chances are when the big day finally happens, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After will be catching all the highlights for eager fans. Don’t miss the premiere of Ben and Lauren’s new show on October 11. Be ready also as Nick prepares to start his journey to find love like Ben and Lauren’s. Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor is set to begin filming shortly and will air on ABC in early January 2017.

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