Nick Viall Shares His Thoughts on People Leading the Bachelor Franchise Without Being Contestants First
Nick Viall stopped by “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” to share his thoughts on Matt James’ landmark 25th season of “The Bachelor,” which came to a dramatic conclusion on Monday night.
During his interview with co-hosts Tayshia Adams, Joe Amabile, and Natasha Parker, Nick shared his thoughts on people leading “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” without being contestants first. As some fans are aware, Matt James is the first lead to have not previously appeared on the Bachelor franchise since fellow newbie Matt Grant starred on “The Bachelor” Season 12 in 2008.
According to Nick — whose experience within Bachelor Nation is extensive, as he has appeared on two seasons of “The Bachelorette,” one season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” and led Season 21 of “The Bachelor” in 2017 — prior involvement is beneficial for those chosen to front the franchise.
“From a show standpoint, I think we saw the benefits of why the show — up until this point — has had people come in with some experience because this world is crazy and bizarre and hard to understand. And it’s so hard to be the lead, as Tayshia knows,” Nick said. “The expectations, the decisions, the production of it. They call it a lead for a lot of reasons.”
He elaborated, “You’re leading the show and you’re leading the beats. It’s just that much harder. It’s already a hard job. I think it’s easier for everyone with a little bit of experience.”
Nick went on to say that it was refreshing to see a “a level of authenticity” within Matt — who made history as the franchise’s first Black male lead — because he was new to the process. However, Nick said that, from here on out, he would prefer to see Bachelors and Bachelorettes with whom he is more familiar.
“Going forward, I would personally like them to go back to casting people that we’ve gotten to know a little bit,” he said. “Because what was another criticism we saw a lot — we didn’t get to know Matt, and that’s true.”
Nick added, “You got to know me on my two seasons of ‘The Bachelorette’ and on ‘Paradise.’ Part of ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘The Bachelor’ is to get to know the cast and the new people coming in. [The show has] to introduce people to our Bachelor and that’s harder to do [with a lead who wasn’t a contestant]. It’s only on for two hours a week for 12 weeks. And then you want drama. You’re trying to fit too many things into a small space.”
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