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Bachelor’s Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi Respond to Critics Who Branded Their ‘After the Final Rose’ Interview ‘Awkward’

Over to you! Nick Viall left his new fiancée, Vanessa Grimaldi, to do the talking when they were quizzed about their “awkward” After the Final Rose special.

The Bachelor star was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — in a segment airing on Wednesday, March 22 — with his Dancing With the Stars partner, Peta Murgatroyd, but Grimaldi was in the audience on hand to answer the delicate question. Watch what was said in the clip above!

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The host looked from Viall, 36, who was sitting next to her, to Grimaldi, 29, and said: “I didn’t see the After the Rose because I could not commit to four hours of television,” before adding, “I heard that some people thought it was awkward, that y’all were awkward together.”

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Viall kept his hands clasped in his lap as Grimaldi took the reins.

“I didn’t think so,” she said of the interview, during which they both discussed the struggles they’ve endured since the show ended. “I think we both went in it wanting to be honest and open about couples, you know, sometimes things can get tough. But we’re very committed to each other, we love each other, and that’s what we’re focusing on.”

DeGeneres didn’t delve any deeper, and hotfooted it to the topic of his new reality TV role on DWTS.

Viall opened up about just how difficult the training is.

“Most of the positions that Peta asks me to do are painful, physically,” he admitted, adding that he finds it tough to just dance when he’s thinking through all the tricky steps.

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But he’s not the only one struggling! Murgatroyd, 30, said she’s pulling out all the stops; juggling being a dance partner, a mom of her 2-month-old son and trying to shift her baby weight.

“It’s great to get back into it,” she told DeGeneres. “I think it’s good for mothers to get back out there and keep doing what they love to do.”

When asked if she’s tired, she revealed: “I’m exhausted, to be honest with you. I’m so tired, between feeding every four hours, racing home.”

She then lightened the mood when DeGeneres pointed out her ample chest from breast-feeding and said: “I have to tape these things down now. I directly asked for no Jive first week.”

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