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Nick Viall has four seasons of experience on the Bachelor franchise, but on Monday he tackled a new challenge: facing 19 of his ex-girlfriends.
On ABC's Bachelor: Women Tell All (WTA) special, he sat in the hotseat with his most recent ex-girlfriend Rachel Lindsay, who made history when she was named the 13th Bachelorette and ABC's first black lead in 33 seasons. Onstage, Nick told the Texan attorney he "couldn't imagine anyone better" to lead ABC's next season. "I think the guys are really really lucky," he added, while Rachel responded with confidence, "They are!"
Following the WTA taping, Nick told The Hollywood Reporter it's an "amazing decision" to cast Rachel as the franchise's first black star. "Rachel’s an exceptional person. It was a no brainer to cast her." As for their breakup, he told THR he "[doesn't] have any regrets" about saying goodbye. "It had more to do with the other relationships. In that world, it’s not about finding flaws. It’s just about being thankful there are other relationships that you are compelled to focus on." He wished Rachel nothing but the best, offering this advice: "She should be who she is. I think as long as she stays true to herself, it’ll be great."
As for Nick's own pursuit of love, he told THR he was "nervous the whole way through" on his last day, when he had to choose between Raven and Vanessa: "Any guy would be lucky to have [the final two women]. I was lucky enough to have the two to choose from, but I hate to say the word choose." The Bachelor, who cried throughout his season, says emotions were still running high when he filmed the finale. "I was hopeful but you never know," he said. "Anything is possible in the Bachelor world. I was prepared for anything."
Once the Bachelor finale wraps next week, he insists there's no turning back. "I’m not taking a break. I’m definitely done with the Bachelor franchise, but I’m very grateful for my time. It’s had its ups and downs. It’s been a long journey. And I’m ready to say goodbye to it." So, don't hold your breath for a Nick cameo on Rachel's season.
If Nick is, in fact, ready to call it quits on the franchise, Monday's Women Tell All marks one of his final moments filming on a Bachelor set. So what happens when ABC producers put almost 20 of Nick's ex-girlfriends again in one room? Believe it or not, many feminist moments and American pride came out of the reunion. Led by Liz and "season villain" Corinne, the women overall defended themselves against slut-shaming ("Women, especially in these times, we should be building each other up, not tearing each other down"). While Russian native Kristina touted that she's proud to be an American, adopted into "the land of opportunity" — a powerful moment during the day of President Trump's revised travel order.
See how the rest of Nick's exes acted when back in the spotlight when THR ranks Nick's 19 former girlfriends below.
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