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Jimmy Kimmel to host 'Bachelor' special after Season 21 premiere

UPI News Service, 12/29/2016 

Late-night television personality Jimmy Kimmel is taking on The Bachelor.

The 49-year-old Jimmy Kimmel Live! host will host a primetime special following Nick Viall's debut on The Bachelor Season 21 premiere Jan. 2, ABC announced in a press release Wednesday.

Kimmel's special is titled Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons and will air at 10 p.m. ET. The star is a known fan of The Bachelor and offers his predictions for the final four contestants at the start of each season.

Viall was the runner-up on both The Bachelorette Season 10 and Season 11, and later appeared on Bachelor in Paradise Season 3. He developed an early reputation as a villain, but recently told Extra he doesn't see his Bachelor run as an attempt to redeem himself.

"I've learned a lot being on all those seasons, to focus on what's important," he said. "I never looked at it as a redemption. I was aware that I wasn't always a fan favorite."

Season 21 will see Viall, a 36-year-old software sales executive, choose between 30 contestants. He revealed in an interview with People this week that he fell in love with more than one woman during the course of the competition.

"[I developed] strong feelings for multiple women," the star admitted. "[Dating multiple women is] incredibly hard. And it's a weird environment. But the only way it works is if you give yourself to the process and allow it to work."

The Bachelor Season 21 premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

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