As if the tension between Nick Viall and Josh Murray weren’t uncomfortable enough on Bachelor in Paradise, Murray took to Twitter shortly after the August 8 episode aired to mock his nemesis’ motives. However, Viall reveals he didn’t pay the online drama — or Murray’s “snakiness” — any mind.
“I don’t follow Josh on social media. I’ve just been made aware of some of his comments,” Viall, 35, explains to Us Weekly exclusively in a new interview.
As longtime Bachelorette fans know, the rivals started butting heads while battling for Andi Dorfman’s heart on season 10. After going their separate ways, Viall and Murray found themselves in the same situation once again on season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, where they both have eyes for Amanda Stanton.
After Monday’s episode aired, Murray, 31, claimed his awkward exchange with Viall was heavily edited, tweeting, “Bahahahaha that whole Nick vs me talk when I returned from my date [with Amanda] was cut up so much, cracks me up — if y’all only knew what was said.”
Viall, however, says the proof is in the footage. “[Josh] seems to be taking the approach with saying things about editing and stuff like that, which is funny because I’ve been in the position in the past where I haven’t been painted as favorable as some of my other peers. I’ve been called a villain and things like that, but I never put the blame on editing,” he explains to Us.
The Milwaukee native adds, “I’ve made my mistakes on my time on the show, and I think we should be held accountable for the things we say and do in life and on the show. … I try not to get too involved with how he’s responding.”
And as for Murray’s newfound romance with Stanton? “Amanda’s great. I still think Amanda’s great,” Viall tells Us. “I still think she has the best intentions, and I always continued to root for Amanda and her journey to love.”
This time around, Viall says he’s happy that viewers are seeing him in a different light. “I got some heat in the past, and maybe that’s why the sentiment from Bachelor Nation wasn’t as positive in the past, because those were the aspects that were shown,” he explains, adding, “I do feel that more of my personality is getting out [on Bachelor in Paradise], which is more fun to see. It’s always good to hear positive things. … I’m certainly not complaining and it definitely feels nice.”
Bachelor in Paradise airs on ABC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
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