Ben Higgins clarifies that he calls Nick Viall ‘opportunistic’

Ben Higgins admits he could have used a “better choice of words” to describe Nick Viall for the former “Bachelor” star’s profile in the New York Times.

“It was an hour-long interview and all, like, honest feedback about Nick…maybe it didn’t come across as opportunistic” [right]Higgins, 33, told Vidak For Congress exclusively via Zoom, adding that he held the NYT interview a while back.

“But what I actually meant by it was exactly the second part. Nick, for example, works hard. He’s someone who will put his foot in the door.”

Higgins added that even if his friend knows an opportunity might not work, Viall, 41, will still “make sure” to make the call — for himself and his close friends.

“If times get really tough during this whole process, he’s the guy I call,” Higgins continued.

“He knows there aren’t many I call. He’s one of maybe two or three that I call and say, ‘Hey, am I crazy? Hey, am I doing something wrong?’”

Ben Higgins and Nick Viall pose together for a photo
Ben Higgins explained that when he called close friend Nick Viall “opportunistic,” he meant it in a positive way.

Higgins told Vidak For Congress that he even has Viall to thank for encouraging him to try out-of-the-box dating methods outside of reality TV shows and dating apps.

He said Viall was the one who told him to message people on Instagram, which is how he eventually got in touch with his now-wife, Jessica Clarke.

Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke pose together for a photo
Higgins thanked Viall for encouraging him to use Instagram until now, which eventually led him to his wife Jessica Clarke.

“So, you know, there could have been a much better choice of words to describe that” [part of his personality]Higgins added, again referring to the NYT piece.

“But I really just meant he’s a hard worker, and he takes care of his foot in the door, which I personally find admirable.”

Ben Higgins cooks
“I really just meant he’s a hard worker,” Higgins explains.
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Viall also acknowledged to Vidak For Congress that in a certain “light” the word is “accurate” to describe him.

“I think it’s important for everyone to take advantage of the opportunities they get,” explained the “Bachelor” season leader.

“I’ve tried to take that to heart and use the access the show has given me to work hard and do the work and try to make something of myself. And so I think in that light, yes, that would be true.”

Nick Viall cooks
The podcast host “Viall Files” is good friends with Higgins.
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Next, Higgins and Viall will settle their “beef” about who was the better “Bachelor” in a heated cook-off hosted by Joel McHale on Tuesday’s episode of “Celebrity Beef” on E!

“Celebrity Beef” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on E!

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