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Andi Dorfman Opens Up About Ex Nick Viall Getting ‘The Bachelor’: ‘It’s Been a Long Road’

It’s now OK? Bachelor Nation was stunned when Nick Viall was announced as the season 21 Bachelor on Tuesday, August 30, and now his ex Andi Dorfman is sharing her reaction to the news.

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In a statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday, August 31, Dorfman said: “I’m happy for Nick. It’s been a long road for him, but he has always been genuine about wanting to find love. So I’m happy to see him get another shot at it, and I wish him all the best.”

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She posted a similar message to Twitter on the same day, and her former beau replied to her tweet with, “Thanks, Andi!”

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Viall placed second to Josh Murray on Dorfman’s season 10 of The Bachelorette, which aired in 2014. The 35-year-old Milwaukee native shocked viewers during the After the Final Rose special when he asked Dorfman, 29, why she “made love” to him if she wasn’t in love with him. Yes, he went there. (Dorfman and Murray, 32, got engaged on the Bachelorette finale that aired in July 2014, but they called it quits in January 2015.)

Nick and Andi on The Bachelorette.
Nick Viall and Andi Dorfman on ‘The Bachelorette.’

Dorfman has been a frequent subject of discussion throughout Viall’s time on season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise. When her ex-fiancé, Murray, joined Viall on the beach in Paradise, talk turned to the former Bachelorette’s mentions of both men in her recent tell-all book, It’s Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After. Amanda Stanton asked Murray during their first date about his time with Dorfman, leading him to refer to his ex’s book claims as “fictitious” and “ludicrous.”

This is not the first time Dorfman has seemingly commented on Paradise‘s drama. Earlier this month, after Murray got into a heated discussion with his costars about Dorfman’s book, she wrote on Instagram, “Ancient history.”

Viall is a two-time runner-up on The Bachelorette, as he returned for season 11 in 2015 but lost to Shawn Booth for Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s final rose. After Viall landed the Bachelor gig, Bristowe, 31, told Us exclusively, “I’m happy for him! Everyone deserves to find someone. I hope it works out.”

Bachelor in Paradise airs on ABC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. The Bachelor returns to ABC in early 2017. 

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