The Bachelor‘s Nick Viall got involved in Peter Weber, Madison Prewett, and Kellet Flanagan’s drama in a big way.
On the latest episode of his podcast, The Viall Files, Viall defended Weber for calling out his ex Prewett for her remarks regarding him and Flanagan. Prewett said she was “hurt and thrown off” by Weber’s decision to live with Flanagan, one of his eliminated Bachelor contestants, last month amid the ongoing social distancing order. Prewett also claimed that days before photos of Weber and Flanagan spotted together in Chicago surfaced, the former Bachelor star reached out to her in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.
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In response, Weber slammed Prewett’s comments on a fan Instagram account, writing, “@madiprew you’d think you’d have a little more respect for this situation given we both know there’s more to the story…”
The way Viall sees it, Weber has always been truthful – while his ex has not.
“Here’s what we know: Peter might be a lot of things. He might have been sloppy, you could have argued that maybe he’s got some maturing to do, he’s certainly indecisive, but what Peter has also been is honest, even to a fault, almost,” Viall said. “He’s been so honest that he’s probably gotten himself into more trouble than he needed to, where other leads have been a little bit more measured and made decisions a little bit more based off of what the audience might think, and Peter truly hasn’t done that. We also know Madison to be a little bit of a liar.”
“It’s true! I mean, people want to forget — I know Madison wants to forget it, but her Instagram,” he added. “She commented on her own Instagram. It’s a fact she did that.”
Viall was referencing the incident when fans accused Prewett of creating a fake fan account to compliment herself while the season was airing in January. The former Bachelor contestant maintains that a friend logged into her profile and accidentally forgot to toggle between their accounts.
“It is silly and trivial, and there’s a logical explanation for it, that she wanted people to like her,” Viall said. “It’s a totally relatable thing. I know Madison thinks I don’t like her and I know people think I’ve been hard on Madison. I think she’s just fine. I’ve even defended Madison. But if you’re going to be righteous, and you’re going to be pious, and you’re going to talk about your relationship with God and how you want to be an example to young women, blah, blah, blah, then I hold you to a higher standard. And so don’t be a liar. Don’t be vain. I’m vain, I can be vain.”
“My point is that Madison is very smart and very calculated,” the podcast host continued. “It’s not an accident she did a TikTok with all the other girls … and I have no problem with that. I’m not beyond doing s— like that, I’m just saying, it’s a little bit of hypocrisy. Her brand is God and righteousness and being the true follower of Christ.”
“So when we get into the game of he said, she said, it’s like, who do you believe?” Viall added. “They’re both probably telling their own version of their own truth, but all I know is, I know Madison has lied and I know Peter, from what I can tell, hasn’t.”
Viall said that while he has “no problem[s]” with Prewett “being calculated,” admitting he’s a “calculating person” himself, he does have an issue with how she portrays herself.
“Being a good Christian isn’t just about not kissing and having sex with other people and talking about God,” the reality star said. “There’s a lot more that goes into that, like humility and honesty and things like that, and a lack of vanity, and all the things that as humans we do. I’m hyper-critical of that kind of behavior, to be honest, just because I’ve seen it my whole life and it comes across as incredibly disingenuous.”
Viall then went on to say he “would love” to have Prewett as a guest on his podcast, but implied that she would hesitate to agree to appear as she knew he would ask her about the Instagram comment incident.
“I do know this … she knows that I’m going to ask her about the Instagram, and I know she doesn’t want me to. I know, in fact, she wants it go away. And no, I’m sorry, I want her to admit it,” he said. “Don’t be righteous and a liar at the same time — I have a problem with that.”
On Weber’s season of The Bachelor, the pilot proposed to Hannah Ann Sluss, but later called it off due to his unresolved feelings for Prewett. When Weber and Prewett reunited during the After The Final Rose special, the couple decided to split two days later.
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