Talk about bad blood!
It seems things are still tense between Bachelor In Paradise alums Josh Murray and Nick Viall over the former pro baseball player’s actions on the ABC dating competition.
As you surely know, the 35-year-old was one of the OG cast members to land on season three of BIP and initially hit it off with Ben Higgins‘ castoff Amanda Stanton. However, once Josh arrived Miz Stanton dropped Nick like a hot potato and coupled up with Murray. Obviously, this left Viall incredibly bitter as he was the runner-up to the 32-year-old on Andi Dorfman‘s season of the Bachelorette!
While many of you might think this beef is simply for the audience’s benefit, TMZ has learned that the estrangement between the two reality stars is VERY much a real thing. Reportedly, Josh has been (unsuccessfully) trying to phone Nick ever since BIP wrapped filming back in June. It’s said several of Josh and Nick’s cast mates tried to warn Murray that Nick had painted him as Paradise‘s villain for “stealing” Amanda. Well hell hath no fury, right?
Supposedly, Josh felt blindsided by Nick’s disdain for him but still tried to reach out to his frenemy prior to the season premiere of the ABC hit. Nick, clearly, did not respond to this gesture.
Sources close to the reality TV hunk add that Josh feels Nick jumped on the first chance to be the “victim” — even though he allegedly asked Amanda if she was in a serious relationship before they went on their first date, a clip which never aired. Huh.
We hate to say this, but Nick is starting sound like a sore loser. It’ll be inneresting to see if Mr. Viall claps back at these claims.
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