Katie Thurston The Bachelorette

The Bachelorette Alum Katie Thurston Explains Why She Blocked Nick Viall’s Number

Katie Thurston is blocking out the drama. The former Bachelorette recently revealed that she blocked Nick Viall from her phone after learning that he had made some “odd” comments about her on his podcast.

Nick Viall is blocked from my phone. There’s some tea for you,” Katie told fans during a recent TikTok Live Q&A session, as reported in Us Magazine. “I don’t know, Nick is just — I don’t know what to say about him, to be honest.” After joking that she sometimes “forget[s] he exists,” Katie said that her issues with the Bachelor Nation personality began when she learned that he has frequently mentioned her on his podcast.

“I get DMs sometimes that are like, ‘Oh, my God, Nick won’t stop talking s–t about you,’ ” Katie recalled. “I messaged him one time and I was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, people are finding the things you’re saying [about me] kind of odd.’ And in short, he basically [turned it around on me]. He was like, ‘How great that you have fans that care about you! Don’t take it personally!’ ”

Thurston ended the awkward conversation with, “Whatever. You do you, Nick. I’ll see you at the top.”

While Nick has yet to comment on Katie’s allegations, the former Bachelor has never been shy about sharing his unfiltered thoughts about other members of Bachelor Nation. In March 2020, he caused some drama when he claimed that Tayshia Adams would “have you in bed by 8:30” if she were named the new Bachelorette. “She was very mad at me for that, which I was like, ‘Is that that bad?’ Great humans are often not great TV,” Nick continued, adding that Tayshia later unfollowed him on social media. “I stand by that . . . I’ve heard from Tayshia a handful of [other] times, which I was like, ‘How does that bother you?’ I don’t understand.”

Tayshia had been rumored to be in the running to become The Bachelorette in 2020, before Clare Crawley was officially announced as the lead. But when Clare left the show after two weeks of filming with now-ex Dale Moss , the California native subsequently took over as The Bachelorette for the remainder of season 16. “We are all sensitive people in Bachelor Nation . . . I thought she was wonderful then. That was really just supporting Clare,” Nick said at the time, trying to explain his somewhat inappropriate comments about Tayshia.


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