Nick Viall is one of the most divisive figures in Bachelor Nation’s history. He is widely known as a villain, yet he has also had several moments of redemption throughout his four Bachelor franchise experiences. In a June 8, 2022 “Call Her Daddy” Spotify exclusive podcast interview with Alex Cooper, Viall opened up about how he learned to stop letting his haters drag him down.

How the Hate Began

As “Bachelor” fans know, Viall was first introduced to TV audiences on season 10 of “The Bachelorette,” starring Andi Dorfman. He got the first impression rose and ended up coming in second, losing out to baseball player, Josh Murray.

Viall returned to the series in season 11, where he landed in the runner-up position once again, this time with Kaitlin Bristowe. In both seasons of “The Bachelorette,” many viewers labeled Viall a villain.

He first received derision after he outed his intimate relationship with Dorfman on “After the Final Rose” in 2014. Then, in 2015, Viall angered fans because he “had beef with several of the other dudes on Kaitlyn’s season,” reports Flare.  Viall was also criticized frequently for his “oversized ego,” as one Reddit user describes it.

Although he was able to mend his reputation somewhat after appearing on “Bachelor in Paradise,” and then becoming the actual Bachelor in season 21, Viall still deals with a lot of negative criticism on a daily basis. Even his relationship advice podcast, The Viall Files, where he tries to help others navigate their love lives, has received harsh comments. For example, one detractor posted on Reddit, “Nobody should take ‘Dating advice’ from a 40 year old man who is dating a 22 year old.”  The poster is making reference to Viall’s girlfriend, Natalie Joy, who joined the Spotify podcast about halfway through.

The Hate Really Messed with Viall’s Mental Health

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Viall told Cooper in the podcast interview that fans “always want you to talk s*** about other people,” and they like to do the same online. When Viall was on the show, there was not much support from producers in terms of helping the participants deal emotionally with all of the negative feedback, he told Cooper. However, he thinks …read more



How Nick Viall Learned to Deal with Haters

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