Nick Viall is making it known he's not going to sit back and be Kaitlyn Bristowe's punching bag.

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The Season 21 The Bachelor star has fired back at his almost-fiancee, Kaitlyn -- who starred on Season 11 of The Bachelorette -- after she dissed him during a playful word association game with her fellow Bachelorette alums.

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Kaitlyn, 33, joined fellow former The Bachelorette stars Trista Rehn, Jillian Harris, Ali Fedotowsky, Desiree Hartsock and Emily Maynard in revealing the first thing that came to mind upon hearing the phrase "the right reasons."

Kaitlyn promptly responded, "Not Nick Viall," for her answer.

But Nick, 38, clearly didn't appreciate Kaitlyn's quip and fired back in a social-media post that has since been deleted.

"@Kaitlynbristowe dms me two weeks into filming.. asks me to show up," Nick wrote on social media, according to Us Weekly.

"Picks someone else. Makes jokes post show at my expense in national interviews to cover own ass. 3 years later... same ole."

After competing for Andi Dorfman's heart on The Bachelorette's tenth season in 2014 and finishing as the runner-up behind winner Josh Murray, Nick appeared on Kaitlyn's season several weeks into the process.

Back in January, Nick reportedly revealed in an episode of his "The Viall Files" podcast he and Kaitlyn talked "every day, all day" on the phone and via FaceTime before she accepted her role as the Bachelorette.

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He also admitted that once he joined the cast in Week 4, he stayed at Kaitlyn's hotel in New York City for the night.

"I put this hoodie on, snuck into her room and we were hanging out all night," Nick recalled, according to Us. "It was a lot of fun. We did not have sex."
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Kaitlyn let Nick get down on one knee and nearly propose marriage to her in The Bachelorette finale, but she ultimately broke his heart and chose to get engaged to Shawn Booth instead.

Kaitlyn and Shawn dated for three years but announced their split in November 2018. She's now dating and in love with one of former The Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin's suitors, Jason Tartick.

Nick continued his search for love on reality television following his split from Kaitlyn through a stint on Bachelor in Paradise, but when a romance with Jennifer Saviano didn't work out, ABC selected him to star on The Bachelor's 21st season to hopefully find his match.

Nick got engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi at the end of his season, but the pair split in August 2017.

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