Nick Viall is a veteran of The Bachelor franchise. He’s been on The Bachelorette twice, made an appearance on Bachelor in Paradise and was even The Bachelor himself. Now, as the franchise turns 20 he is reflecting back on how the series has changed his life.
Nick Viall and his history on The Bachelor
Variety shared what Nick Viall had to say about all the ways The Bachelor has changed his life. Nick has been a part of the franchise since 2014. He was on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette. He ended the season in second place and was heartbroken.
Nick also made headlines when he announced on After the Final Rose that he and Andi had been intimate.
He returned to the show in 2015 when he appeared on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette. Once again, Nick was chosen second.
He then decided to appear on Bachelor in Paradise. Before the season even finished Nick was announced as the new lead for The Bachelor.
Nick did get engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi, however, their relationship ended rather quickly.
Nick has become one of the most well-known names in the franchise. He still makes appearances on the show and he also has his own podcast, The Viall Files. In fact, he just recorded his 400th episode of the podcast. Later this year, Nick will release his first book.
How the show changed his life
Nick said he is often asked how the show changed his life. He said, “Before I was on the show, I was content working in software sales in the Midwest. Now, I am a homeowner in Los Angeles, hosting my own podcast, developing others, writing books, hosting and acting. So yeah, I would say it’s changed my life. A lot.”
Nick went on to say one of the biggest things the show gives alums is access to do things they never would have otherwise been able to. He said, “Some of the biggest celebrities, athletes, politicians and business leaders are fans of the show, and many of us alums have found ourselves in rooms, hanging out with people we once would have paid money to see and waited hours in line to do it. That’s access, and access is the most valuable thing the show gives you.”
He also noted that alums will come to him for advice about how to proceed after the show. He tells the truth. They have access but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have respect. Nick said people can be fascinated but not have respect. He said it’s two different things.
Nick concluded by saying, “When I am asked to reflect on my time on the show and sum up my experience, I have always said that it’s nothing I’m proud of, but I’m not embarrassed of it either. What I am is grateful — grateful for all the great friends I’ve made, the experiences I have enjoyed (and survived) and most importantly, the opportunity to wake up every day and know that my work is my passion.”
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