Nick Viall casts shadows – once again. The former “Bachelor” star didn’t hold back his feelings about the casting for the current season of the ABC dating show, but he threw another punch at lead actor Clayton Echard.
In a post shared on Instagram, Viall posed with Michael Allio, one of the suitors from Katie Thurston’s season of “The Bachelorette”. Allio, a widower and father of a young son, left Thurston’s season early – and alone – because his young boy missed him.
There was a huge fan movement to cast Allio as the next Bachelor star, but Echard, who was eliminated from Michelle Young in week 6 of the season, was selected instead. Viall seems to agree that Allio would have been the man for the job. The caption of his photo with Allio, seen below, reads, “It should have been Daddy.”
In 2017, Viall was cast as 21st Bachelor star. This after participating in two seasons of “The Bachelorette” and going to “Bachelor in Paradise” to look for love in Mexico. Podcast host “Viall Files” admitted to People magazine that he was “critical of the selection” after Clayton was named ABC’s new lead.
“It’s nothing against Clayton, he seemed like a nice guy, but if you look at Michelle’s top 4, each of the top 4 has better storylines, more charisma,” Viall said in December 2021. “You have Clayton in every way overshadowed. “. So I don’t really have a choice. “
But some fans don’t understand Viall’s need to constantly comment on the new bachelor’s degree. Several fans posted comments on his Instagram post to question why he didn’t support Echard.
“I find it extremely disrespectful to so many people who have been on the show to post that sort of thing. Clayton deserves to be there as much as you did on your 3x, ”one commentator wrote to Viall. “Nick and many others are extremely childish and rude,” continued the commentator. “I guarantee he would not have liked it if he was treated the same way on social media by a former bachelor. In the past few years everyone has stretched out their hand and congratulated the chosen one! “
On Reddit, other Bachelor fans agreed.
“Nick is the worst. He’s got most of the airtime on this franchise and somehow still finds a way to be bitter, ”wrote one Redditor.
Other fans noted that there is a strong relationship among the Bachelorette stars who are all “cheering” each other on. “And here we have a former bachelor who uses every chance to tear off the new leases,” added a Redditor.
Echard seems to understand Vial’s criticism, given the limited time in front of the camera during Michelle Young’s season.
“When I saw that, I just thought, ‘Well, let me put me in his and everyone else’s shoes,'” Echard said on January 3, 2022, on the episode of SiriusXM’s “Pop Culture Spotlight with Jessica Shaw”. “And the most important thing I noticed is that everyone says, ‘We just don’t know who he is.'”
“I don’t know how much screen time I had,” admitted Echard of Young’s squadron. “It wasn’t much. When [Viall] I said, ‘Okay, I can see where you’re from.’ “
Echard added that if Viall still feels the same about him after directing an entire season of “The Bachelor,” they should talk.
“If he still feels that way towards the end, then … we’ll have a conversation at that point,” Echard said. “I’ll talk to him and say, ‘Do you know what you’re not getting?’ But for now I understand. I hold no grudge against anyone who makes such a comment. Again, I think that’s his platform. He speculates about all of these things and knows nothing about me. “
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