Wow. The Bachelor alum Nick Viall has certainly never been one to hold back and this time he’s calling out current contestants Victoria Larson and Anna Redman.
On his podcast Viall Files, Nick addressed all the bullying on Matt James’ season, particularly the bullying by Victoria and Anna.
“I’m comfortable with saying that I think Anna and Victoria are just kind of toxic. They kind of have garbage character traits.”
“I think there’s a lot of insecurities, I think there’s a lot of nastiness at their core as humans and I’m not interested.”
Victoria has spent the season attacking and gaslighting half the contestants, including Marylynn Sienna and Sarah Trott.
Meanwhile, Anna decided to spread rumors about Brittany Galvin potentially being an escort the moment she came to the competition.
Fellow Bachelor Nation alum Dylan Barbour also weighed in on so-called villains like Victoria in an impromptu Twitter Q&A and wrote,
“It’s easy to make a bad person look worse, it’s hard to make a good person look bad.”
Unfortunately, Victoria and Anna aren’t the only “nasty” contestants this season. As fans have complained, there seems to be a particularly significant amount of mean girls this season, including famed designer Cynthia Rowley’s daughter Kit Keenan.
Both Victoria and Kit have attempted to apologize (sort of) since Matt’s season began airing, but fans believe both apologies ring hallow.
After Sarah voluntarily left The Bachelor after a round of bullying by her fellow contestants, Kit took to her Instagram stories to write,
“I believe what unfolded last night was an outcome of a lack of communication. I had no idea what was going on with Sarah’s family or in her personal life.”
“I know that the time for compassion was in the moment and not in hindsight, but I want to apologize to Sarah & anyone whose feelings were hurt by my words.”
Of course, it shouldn’t matter whether or not Sarah was having personal issues, nobody deserves to be ganged up on like that.
As for Victoria, she released a half-baked apology of her own. In a now-deleted Instagram story, Victoria wrote,
“I think in my effort to make my opinions heard it may have been perceived as bullying by some, and I feel bad if my words or actions offended anyone. I take time each day to reflect and learn the lessons.”
Not exactly taking responsibility for her actions, is she?
Victoria has come across as cruel from the first episode when she made it clear that she was not here to make friends.
While it’s true that some contestants are victims of a bad edit by the producers, it’s clear that’s *not* what’s happening with Victoria.
If anything, Victoria seems to be reveling in her actions and enjoying the spotlight. In an interview with GMA, she said,
“Honestly, it was all in good fun. If my words or actions hurt anyone, like, I sincerely apologize and I’ll do better and hold myself accountable. I’m not a bully. I’m really not.”
She also seems to be completely oblivious to her actions and was confused as to why viewers didn’t like her. She said,
“I anticipated being well-received, so to get, like, the bullying messages and the hate mail and the death threats, [I] wasn’t really prepared for that at all. 100%, it was shocking.”
Victoria clearly has no self-awareness and needs a very, *very* good therapist. Here’s to hoping she never, ever returns to our TV screens.
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