Third time’s the charm?
The 34-year-old said on a Huffington Post podcast on Tuesday he would “seriously consider” being the next Bachelor if he were offered the opportunity.
“To be perfectly honest, I would seriously consider it,” he said. “It’s obviously an incredible opportunity. I’m very close with a lot of producers, and they certainly know who I am and what type of female I’m attracted to, and it can certainly work.”
Viall made it to the final two on both Andi Dorfman‘s and Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s seasons of The Bachelorette. Of his most recent rejection from Bristowe, Viall told PEOPLE he was “in shock” but doesn’t hold any grudges.
That being said, Viall admitted to having concerns about signing on for a third season with the show (namely, his insecurities from having to deal with people asking, “Like, dude, can you meet people normally?”).
“I would be in a different boat,” he said. “Like, for the third time I’m going on a show to find love?”
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“I have a lot of respect for Ben H. He’s a really, really great guy. He is as sweet as everyone thinks he is,” Viall said. “I might be giving myself a little too much credit, Ben kind of reminds me of when I was 26, you know. Maybe a little bit more polished version than I was.”
Viall has certainly made more of a name for himself as a “villain” than baby-faced Higgins has. Viall has been a controversial contestant on the show ever since his decision to appear on Bristowe’s season halfway through filming, and the pair faced serious backlash when they had sex before the show’s “Fantasy Suite” dates.
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“I think maybe there’s these unwritten rules in Bachelor nation. Over the course of however many years it’s been on, the audience has developed these rules of what you’re supposed to do and what you’re not supposed to do – and I’ve broken a lot of those rules,” said Viall of why he thinks he’s such a polarizing figure for fans of the show.
“For me, if you’re going to be authentic and you’re going to be genuine, you can’t really worry about how much time some other person may or may not have with a girl you like. So I think people watching it sometimes maybe even get confused, they’re like, ‘Wait, he’s not supposed to do that. That is so wrong. Why would he grab the girl? He’s supposed to let Joe make out with her now. This is so rude.’ And other people might like that,” he continued. “I wasn’t really concerned about being a fan favorite. I like being liked – who doesn’t like being liked? – but it wasn’t my ultimate goal. For better or worse I tend to say what I think and say how I feel, and let people form their own opinions, and I’m fine with that. I’d rather be myself than be something I’m not and be liked by every single person.”