On Aug. 30, franchise alum Nick Viall was named the season 21 Bachelor but instead of celebrating the news, Bachelor Nation pounced. Now, Bachelorette alum Chad Johnson is exclusively sharing his opinion with In Touch.
Chad exclusively tells us that Nick “is totally fake. He’s already been on three shows. It’s not about him wanting a wife; it’s about fame.”
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Chad isn’t the only alum who feels this way. Robby Hayes says, "To be honest, I figured they might go after somebody a little younger, somebody that has a little more pep in their step,” adding that, the first time he met Nick, “he came off a little pompous and seemed bitter.”
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“Here’s the thing,” says Chad, 29. “Nick came on for two seasons [of The Bachelorette] and everybody hated him, and then he’s like, okay, fine, then I’ll just be completely fake [and sweet] and you’ll like me, and it worked on Bachelor in Paradise! People fell for it.”
“He knows what Bachelor Nation wants, so I think his season will be the most inoffensive, uneventful Bachelor ever,” says Chad. “Nick’s been playing his cards right and knows what to do and what not to do. He knows what looks good on TV — and he knows what doesn’t.”
“When we first showed up to Bachelor in Paradise, he followed me around the entire night and was talking about me on camera. He knew that was going to get him on TV.”
Chad adds that Nick is obsessed with fame and isn’t doing this for the right reasons. “I called him out a couple times, like, ‘Oh, good job on getting your redemption story.’ He laughed at it because he knew what he was doing.”
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