At this point in the season, it's the house against Olympios. The blonde beauty from Miami, FL, managed to rub most of Viall's bachelorettes the wrong way and is Public Enemy No. 1 after ditching a Rose Ceremony for a nap, stripping on group dates and tempting the Bachelor with her sexuality.
"It is disappointing to hear so many of the women question Corinne," Viall wrote in his People blog.
In Monday night's episode, Olympios was the target of trash-talk and catty comments. Many girls, including Kristina Schulman and Taylor Nolan, even confronted the bachelorette and accused her of not being mature or emotionally stable enough to enter a committed relationship with a 36-year-old man.
Viall, however, related to Olympios being the subject of criticism and sympathized with her. After all, he was the villain and outsider on both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe's seasons of The Bachelorette. Viall was accused of being arrogant and aggressive, and his fellow suitors questioned whether he was on the show for the wrong reasons.
"I've been in Corinne's shoes before so maybe that is why I'm more sensitive to it," Viall admitted. "I've said it before, but Corinne is always putting us first -- and just because she's not always thinking about the other women, doesn't necessarily make her a bad person."
But Viall was dating more than one girl onThe Bachelor and had to try to please everyone -- or at least not offend anyone.
"I respect the fact that some of them felt uncomfortable for seeing Corinne and me more intimate in the bounce castle than they would have liked," Viall wrote, referencing the moment Olympios straddled him on the ground and made out with him for all to see.
"I would never have intentionally put that in the women's faces like that. I thought it was a more private moment, and I do regret the effect it had."
Moving forward in the process, Viall acknowledged he became more sensitive about the women's feelings toward his very physical relationship with Olympios.
"I wanted to make sure that the women knew I understood where they came from. I appreciated [Vanessa Grimaldi] for taking me aside and speaking her mind and bringing up her concerns," Viall said.
"But at the end of the day, I need to be able to make my own decisions on what I feel is right for me -- and that meant not sending Corinne home. I still felt a strong connection with Corinne and I wasn't going to let the women's personal relationships skew my relationship with her."
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Viall knew tension between Olympios and her competition was lingering, but he tried not to focus on that.