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Did Nick Viall try to replace Chris Harrison? 'The Bachelor' ex-host says he was rooting for Wells Adams

Chris Harrison thinks that after being fired from the ABC dating program in 2021, Nick Viall 'wanted' the position of 'Bachelor' host
Nick Viall, Chris Harrison and Wells Adams (Instagram/@nickviall, @laurenzima, @wellsadams)
Nick Viall, Chris Harrison and Wells Adams (Instagram/@nickviall, @laurenzima, @wellsadams)

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Chris Harrison recently called out a 'Bachelor' contestant for attempting to steal his former job. During the first episode of 'Most Dramatic Podcast Ever with Chris Harrison,' the axed host of the famous ABC show claimed Nick Viall was vying for the job when he was fired from the dating show in 2021.

Harrison, the former host of 'The Bachelor,' opened up about former contestants vying for his position in his first podcast. The fired host revealed that he was aware that other alumni of the show were vying for his position after he controversially left his job. He spoke about it and named a few names, including who he thought would get the post. Read on to learn more.


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Nick Viall and Chris Harrison (Instagram/nickviall/chrisbharrison)
Nick Viall and Chris Harrison (Instagram/@nickviall, @chrisbharrison)

After addressing Nick Viall and other cast members who were vying for Chris' job, Chris struck a bombshell when he admitted to listeners that he believed Wells Adams should have been his replacement. "I knew about certain cast members who were calling in," Chris explained. "And the funny thing is, the people who were calling in I knew had no chance to get the job."

In episode two of the podcast, Chris mentioned Nick, who was clear about his desire for the job, saying, "Nick wasn't really strongly against me or said anything. But, you know, I think Nick was one of those among many who probably saw the blood in the water and saw the opportunity of a job that would be really phenomenal. And I had no doubt he wanted that job." Chris went on to say, "But we saw each other at Wells [Adams] and Sarah’s [Hyland] wedding and gave each other big hugs."

"Wells has always been a very good man and a good friend of mine," the former host said of Wells. "Wells was in a very difficult situation because obviously he was still kind of connected to the show, and he was doing stuff on Paradise, but he was one of the first to reach out to me and just say, 'Look, I’m staying out of this. I love you and respect you.' … I thought, to be completely candid, that Wells was going to get the job. …" Chris went on to say, "I even told him, I said, 'Hey, man, I won't speak out publicly because I don't think that will help you at all. In fact, it would do a lot more harm than good. But I really hope you get the job. I think you'd be great at it."


Wells did not receive the job, as 'Bachelor Nation' is aware. Rather, Chris was replaced by a handful of 'Bachelor' alums who jumped in and hosted or co-hosted following Chris' departure until the role was formally filled by former contestant Jesse Palmer, to mixed reviews from fans of the program.

The twenty-seventh season of 'The Bachelor' will premiere on January 23, 2023, from ET/PT on ABC.