It's not too uncommon for a Bachelor star to head directly to Dancing With The Stars after he gives out that final rose, but it's pretty uncommon for that star to receive so much hate from an actual celebrity when he does! In case you missed it, when Nick Viall made his DWTS debut last week, William Shatner immediately took to Twitter to tell his followers not to vote for him. It was a pretty bizarre exchange, and now, Viall is responding to Shatner's criticism. The good news? While Shatner may have been serious about his vendetta, Viall's keeping a good sense of humor about the whole situation.
Starting last Monday afternoon, Shatner issued a series of tweets urging anyone watching the show to vote for anyone but Viall. It was comically weird to see Captain Kirk actively hating someone from the Bachelor universe, but it definitely happened. Apparently, Shatner wasn't impressed with the way Viall acted on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette and was still holding a grudge. But now? That grudge may be behind him.
Last Thursday, Shatner apologized to Viall on Twitter, admitting that being a dad with daughters had him worried about the way Viall's past on the show, and the former Bachelor very graciously accepted. All together now: Aww.
And now, Viall is speaking out about the short-lived feud. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he shared his thoughts on the matter, and surprisingly enough, he's not mad at all — he's just excited that he's on Shatner's radar. And honestly, since he's actually a living legend, I think I'd feel the same way in Viall's position.
"I was kind of watching the fight like a fan myself. Like, I was just kind of — I wasn't really a part of it. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, William Shatner knows who I am, this is amazing.' Like, that was my reaction. . . I'm like, I'm sorry for doing whatever it is I may or may not have done to you. But anyways, I'm a fan, William."
It's good of Viall to have a good sense of humor about Shatner's tweet storm. After all, it was really entertaining. And if Viall wants to live this reality star life, he's going to have to deal with some backlash every once in awhile... although something tells me he's had a little training in that department already.
It will be interesting to see if Shatner's feelings toward Viall change as DWTS continues... or if their cease fire lasts. Either way, it seems like Viall isn't too worried about it as long as it doesn't get in the way of his dancing!