8:59pm PT by Jackie Strause
'Bachelor' Nick Viall Reunites With His 'Bachelorette' Exes on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Jimmy Kimmel proved he's here for the right reasons when he hosted his first-ever Bachelor-themed special Monday night.
Following the premiere of the 21st season of the ABC reality competition, the host and series superfan welcomed new Bachelor Nick Viall and his two famous exes, former Bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, onto the 10 p.m. special, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons. (The name is a nod to one of the long-running franchise's most popular phrases used to debate contestants' motives.)
Viall is making his fourth appearance on the franchise, as the two-time Bachelorette runner-up also appeared on the latest cycle of the franchise's summer spinoff, Bachelor in Paradise.
"Who did you kiss on New Year's Eve?" Kimmel asked Viall when he first took a seat on his couch.
When the 36-year-old entrepreneur said he kissed no one, Kimmel replied, "Oh, you've ruined the show. We know what happens now!"
Though Viall couldn't confirm or deny if he was in a relationship, Kimmel, who is nicknamed "Rosetradamus" due to his tradition of correctly guessing the finalists for each season, then quizzed Viall on some of the more questionable moments from the premiere — including his thoughts on 24-year-old Corinne having a nanny and another contestant, Liz, appearing on the show after having a one-night stand with the Bachelor months ago and refusing to give him her number.
But it was when his exes Dorfman and Bristowe appeared that Viall ended up taking the most heat.
After introducing the pair as "former Bachelorettes who asked Nick not to put a ring on it," Viall smoothed the moment over by thanking them both for not picking him.
"This is so awkward," joked Dorfman as Viall stumbled over his answer when asked by Kimmel how often they speak. "We're friendly," Viall coughed up.
Nick placed second on Dorfman's season in 2014, and one year later, he returned to have his heart broken again on national television as runner-up with Bristowe. Dorfman picked Josh Murray, though the pair ultimately split, and Murray and Viall went head-to-head over Amanda Stanton on Bachelor in Paradise, with Murray again winning out. Bristowe picked Shawn Booth, and the pair are still engaged.
Here for the Right Reasons also welcomed guest Joel McHale, who took shots at the series and weighed in on the Bachelor premiere's biggest controversy: whether or not the contestant in costume was dressed as a dolphin or a shark. "It's a f—ing shark costume," he said, pointing out the gills on the costume. After saying Kim Kardashian got him fired and ended his 12-year run on E!'s The Soup, the former host recalled how he used to refer to The Bachelor as "the parade of unstable sluts trying to get a date."
The special even came with a Chris Harrison intro, where the franchise host promised a dramatic episode that would be "so explosive you will die" and poked fun at the thrice-jilted Bachelor with a sketch titled "The Bachelor Home Alone."
Finally, Kimmel revealed his picks for Viall's final four, once again reminding viewers that he is always right: Rachel, the attorney who received the first-impression rose; Danielle L., the 27-year-old Los Angeles native who "showed a lot of cleavage"; Corinne, the aforementioned 24-year-old with a nanny and an early villain; and Kimmel's pick for the winner, Vanessa, the likable special-needs teacher from Montreal.
Viall only grinned in response, assuring anyone looking for spoilers, "I always smile."
Head here for THR's premiere-episode recap and the debut of this season's Bachelor Power Rankings.