Nick Viall starred on season 21 of The Bachelor

By Ally Mauch
August 13, 2020 12:01 PM
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Nick Viall is reflecting on his Bachelor season, revealing that parts of the show are difficult for him to watch back.

The reality star, 39, discussed his portrayal during a conversation with Raven Gates — the runner up on his season — in a recent episode of his podcast, The Viall Files.

“I mentioned this with Corinne [Olympios], it was hard for me at first, [the] sex narrative with Nick and Liz [Sandoz], ‘Is Nick here just to f–k?, But, I was so sincere,” Viall told Gates, according to Us Weekly.

The “narrative” Viall referred to was between him and Sandoz, who appeared as a contestant on his season and revealed that the pair had a one-night stand 9 months before filming following Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s January 2016 wedding.

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He went on to discuss a scene with Olympios in which they made out in a bouncy castle while other contestants looked on.

“I went in thinking I wasn’t going to have sex with anyone and with Corinne in the bouncy castle I was a willing participant with the producers,” Viall said. “I was fine with the edit, but it’s hard for me to watch back.”

“Seemingly those childish antics I cringe watching back, [but] it was great TV,” he continued. “Even with Vanessa [Grimaldi], we didn’t work out, but I was going to pick her. That’s who I fell for. I was nuts about her and I have no regrets about stuff like that. I had a hard time letting go and enjoying. I felt so responsible for everyone.”

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Viall and Grimaldi got engaged on the season 21 finale in March 2017 and split in August of that year. "We just realized we were different people fighting to keep a relationship when ultimately we just weren’t the best fit for each other,” Grimaldi told PEOPLE at the time.

On Monday, Viall congratulated his ex-fiancée on her recent engagement to Josh Wolfe, saying that he's glad that he recently decided to re-follow Grimaldi on Instagram "to hear this news."

"Well thank god I followed you back a week ago to hear this news," Viall wrote in the comments of Grimaldi's engagement announcement post. "Congrats to you two! Lucky guy."